Liverpool Defender Glen Johnson Unfazed By Contract Talks And Speculation About England National Team Berth

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Reds stopper feels relaxed about new deal.

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Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has insisted that he is not worried about his current contract situation at the club or the gossip surrounding his place in the England national team, Sky Sports reports.

Reports have suggested that he is set to be offered fresh terms to keep him at the club soon, but manager Brendan Rodgers will ask him to take a pay cut in a bid to tighten the purse strings at Anfield.

Johnson, however, has insisted that he is not worried about the stories surrounding his situation as his current deal doesn’t expire until 2015, which he thinks leaves plenty of time for all parties to come to a suitable decision.

“This is where I want to be. It’s where I’m happy and it’s what I’m fighting to do at the moment. I’m fighting to get a shirt on again.

“It will resolve itself. I’ve got 18 months left and no-one’s mentioned anything further to me, so my job is to warrant a new contract.

“All I can do is concentrate on working hard and doing well on the pitch. That’s served me well over the last five years and I’m sure it will serve me well in the future.”

Injury kept him out of England’s final two World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, and he had to sit back and watch Kyle Walker and Chris Smalling deputise in his absence, but he hopes to still be a part of Roy Hodgson’s plans after playing for most of the campaign as his first choice right back.

“I don’t worry about what other people do.

“Watching the game, I wanted England to win. It’s as simple as that. We all want to be in Brazil in 2014 and there was no way I was going to wish that a player do badly just because he’s playing in my position.

“Besides, I was part of it. I played in every game before my injury, so I played a massive part in it.

“Obviously to watch any game that you should be involved in is frustrating. It was fantastic for everyone involved and those are the games you want to play in.”

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