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Liverpool chairman Tom Werner confident that Raheem Sterling will sign new deal

Raheem Sterling’s contract negotiations have been rumbling on all season…

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner remains confident that Raheem Sterling will sign a new contract and extend his stay at Anfield, despite the player having turned down at least two offers of a new deal already this season.

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The England international, who has become a key player for the Reds this season following the departure of Luis Suarez, has been the subject of plenty of speculation in recent months; including links with Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Werner, who was quoted by the Daily Mirror, revealed: “All I can say is that I’m hopeful that we’ll conclude a deal. Obviously it’s important for us. He’s an exceptional player.

“Brendan [Rodgers] and Ian Ayre are quite involved and Brendan is talking to Raheem about this and I hope and expect a very positive outcome that is good for Raheem – and good for the club. I would say that I’m confident that we will reach an agreement that works for all parties.”

Werner and club owner John W Henry have been in the UK this week trying to sort out a number of matters, including development on the new main stand. He added: “It’s important for us to check in regularly with the members of our management team.

“Ian Ayre (Chief executive), John and Mike Gordon visited with Brendan Rodgers and Alex Inglethorpe (Academy Director) at the Academy.

“I’ve been very focused myself on the progress on the Main Stand and we had a very long meeting about some very specific ideas that we had regarding the look of it, because we want to make sure that, with such an important part of our future, everything is moving in the right direction.

“Some people might accuse us of micro managing but we just want to make sure that the architect and designers are moving in the right direction. But I would just say that obviously it is important for us to have a presence at the club – and I feel like it was a very productive visit.”

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