Glen Johnson admits contract talk gone 'quiet'

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Glen Johnson's contract discussions with Liverpool have reached an impasse and the England international believes he could now leave the club this summer - although he wants to stay if possible.

Johnson's Anfield deal expires at the end of the season and he is free to open talks with other clubs from the New Year onwards under the Bosman ruling. He is reportedly on £90,000-a-week at Anfield.

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Negotiations stall

Talks between Liverpool and Johnson have gone 'quiet' as the 30-year-old defender is not keen on the 12-month extension that has been offered. He wants more long-term security and believes he deserves at least two years.

From January 1 Johnson can open negotiations with other clubs regarding a pre-contract agreement that would see him join on July 1.

The right-back has been first-choice at Liverpool since he signed from Portsmouth in 2009, but the addition of Javier Manquillo and Johnson's age and wage demands mean he could be deemed surplus to requirements by Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool officials have offered him a one-year extension as Rodgers rates him highly, but they're unwilling to offer players over the age of 30 long-term extensions - a principle that Chelsea also operate, which led to the departure of Frank Lampard this summer.

No progress

"It's very quiet," Johnson said as reported by the Daily Mail. "I am just concentrating week by week and not thinking about it. Of course [I want to stay]. But like I say, I worry about this week, this week and then next week, next week.

"That is how I live my life."

The full-back has endured an injury-hit start to the Premier League, and is just approaching full fitness after six weeks out.

He has watched on as teammate Danny Sturridge recently agreed his new Liverpool contract, while Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson are also in talks with the club over new, improved deals.

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