Liverpool: One defender confirms Anfield departure, another on the brink of contract extension

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Liverpool have confirmed the departure of Sebastian Coates, who has moved to Sunderland on a permanent deal, while Martin Skrtel looks set to extend his current deal at Anfield.

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Slovakia international Skrtel has been heavily linked with a move away from the club, having rejected a deal proposed by the Reds hierarchy at the beginning of June.

The centre-back derided the ‘unacceptable’ deal proposed by the club and suggested that it was the kind of deal given to veteran players, or those with injury concerns, according to The Guardian.

However, the 30-year-old—who has only a year left on his current deal—looks to be thawing on his previous stance.

According to the player’s agent, speaking to Sky Sports, the defender is close to agreeing a new deal at Anfield.

While Skrtel looks close to extending his current contract, Sebastian Coates has come to the end of his unhappy stay at Liverpool.

The 24-year-old arrived at the club from Nacional in 2011, but has only managed 12 league appearances with the Reds in the intervening four years.

He returned to his first club on loan, and managed 10 appearances in the EPL under Sunderland last term.

Dick Advocaat is clearly impressed with what he saw from Coates, and has made the Uruguay international his first signing at the Stadium of Light.

According to BBC Sport, the defender has signed a four-year deal with the Black Cats, while club sporting director Lee Congerton expressed delight at the addition.

“Sebastian was an important part of the team under Dick last season, and we’re delighted that he has joined us on a permanent basis,” he began, as reported by the BBC.

“He has Premier League experience and after spending last season on loan with us, he will be able to settle into the team very quickly.”

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