Rodgers confident Sterling will sign new Liverpool contract

Liverpool midfielder Raheem Sterling in action against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.

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Brendan Rodgers is "adamant" that Raheem Sterling is staying at Liverpool and insists the youngster will sign a new contract shortly.

Sterling is locked in negotiations over a new deal and has been linked with moves to both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

But when asked if he got the impression Sterling wanted to stay at Anfield, the manager told the Daily Mirror: "Yes. Absolutely adamant. I don’t think there is anything other than that.

"His agent is a good agent and he understands this is the perfect place for him."

Rodgers is confident a deal will be agreed eventually and added: "It’s not a big issue for us. Ian Ayre has spoken with his representatives and he is quite relaxed. The club is dealing with the agent so everything is calm."

"The boy is remarkably happy here and there are no secondary thoughts about anything else other than continuing to play for Liverpool.

"Also, to continue with his development because he still has a lot of growth and for that the best place for him to be is here. His representatives respect that and the club respects that. So that will get sorted out in time."

Liverpool have already given the young star one new contract, taking his salary to around £50,000 a week, but they are prepared to offer a new deal that will double that, and will be heavily incentivised to match the £150,000 that Daniel Sturridge now earns after he put pen to paper on a new five-year deal last week.