Liverpool star Jordon Ibe is letting his mum and dad negotiate with a new contract with the club so that he can concentrate on playing, reports the Daily Express.
The 19-year-old has impressed in his appearances this season, after returning from a loan in the Championship with Derby in January. The teenager has since made 11 appearances for the first team, largely playing as a wing-back despite naturally being a striker.
Even so he has looked good enough for the side, especially during his debut in the Merseyside derby against Everton. This attitude to his contract talks will endear him further to the Anfield faithful while others in the squad are being difficult while talking over a new deal. Teammate Raheem Sterling has turned down £100,000 a week according to the report.
He said: “My parents are sorting that out with the club. Hopefully everything will get sorted by the end of the season. I don’t believe in agents. I just think my parents can do the job. I’ve never been close to having an agent. My concern was just playing football and if I needed help deciding things off the pitch like contracts then I would always go to my parents.”
This is not the first time that the youngster’s parents have been involved in his career. Let alone all of the help they must have given at other times, the most notable incident was when Ibe scored his first professional goal for former club Wycombe Wanderers. The forward celebrated with his mum, which was promptly seen as overreacting by the referee and cautioned with a yellow card.
He said: “I ran over to my mum after the goal. She was delighted. I’ll never forget that day.”