Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has stated his confidence in star player Raheem Sterling committing his future to the club by signing a new contract extension, the Liverpool Echo report.
The 20-year-old attacker has established himself as one of the Reds’ key players over the past 18 months and it appears there are no limits on how far he can go in the game.
This season alone, in a team riddled with early-season problems, he stood out like a sore thumb, scoring and assisting goals aplenty and producing a string of excellent performances.
His rise to prominence, however, hasn’t gone unnoticed and reports of interest from Real Madrid began to circulate in a number of media outlets, such as the Daily Star.
Sterling’s contract at the club expires in the summer of 2017, and Reds chief Werner says he is confident his star player will play at Anfield beyond the next two-and-a-half years.
"All I can say is that I’m hopeful that we’ll conclude a deal,” Werner told the Liverpool Echo in an exclusive interview. “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."
Sterling has started 22 Premier League matches this season, scoring five goals and contributing a further five assists.
He was given an extended vacation over the festive period which immediately came under scrutiny, but his performances since his return have shown it to be a prudent move by boss Brendan Rodgers.