Martin Skrtel will end the speculation surrounding his future by signing a new three-year contract with Liverpool next week.
This is according to the Liverpool Echo, who understand the Slovakia international has agreed a deal in principle with the Merseyside outfit.
The contract will be officially signed once he returns to pre-season training on Monday.
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Skrtel turned down a contract offer from Liverpool last month, deeming it “unacceptable”, with reports suggesting the 30-year-old may have been offered an appearance-linked deal.
“Sure. I think a contract like this is offered to players who are much older than me or to players who have had some health complications,” he was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “But I feel good and not so old to sign this contract. Also I think my health is OK. The contract offered is unacceptable for me; this is the reason why I didn’t sign it.”
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Skrtel remains a top defender
The issue has now been resolved, however, and Skrtel will put pen to paper on a contract extension which will keep him tied to Anfield until 2018.
Skrtel played in more Premier League matches than any other Liverpool defender last season - making 33 out of 38 appearances - and is expected to retain his place in Brendan Rodgers’ line-up next season despite the £3.5 million arrival of talented English centre-back Joe Gomez from Charlton Athletic.
Liverpool endured a poor season last term, but Skrtel was one of the Reds’ best performers alongside the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson.
Kolo Toure and Dejan Lovren, a £20 million signing from Southampton, flattered to deceive and will need to hit the ground running next season or risk finding themselves in danger of the axe.
Joe Allen next to sign Liverpool contract
With Steven Gerrard now gone, Skrtel brings some essential leadership to this Liverpool side and will be vitally important for Rodgers both on the pitch and inside the dressing room.
He will follow in the footsteps of Daniel Sturridge, Jordon Ibe, Jon Flanagan, Coutinho and Henderson by committing his future to Liverpool, who will be desperate to bounce back to the Champions League by securing a top-four finish in the Premier League next season.
The Liverpool Echo understand midfielder Joe Allen could be the next Liverpool player to put pen to paper on a new deal.
However, wantaway winger Raheem Sterling is still expected to complete his move to Manchester United before the start of the 2015-15 campaign.
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