Raheem Sterling has signed a new five-year contract at Liverpool, putting an end to speculation that the teenage sensation could leave the club.
Sterling was signed from QPR by Rafa Benitez in 2010 – for a fee that could rise to £5m. His new deal is reported to be worth around £30,000 per week – a significant increase on his youth contract of £2,000 per week. There are also many performance related bonuses that can see Sterling up with the club’s highest earners.
“It’s every 18-year-old’s dream. I’m just really grateful to be at such a big club like this” Sterling told the official Liverpool website, liverpoolfc.com.
“There’s a lot more to be done. I haven’t begun yet, as the manager has said. Hopefully I can kick on after the New Year and try to do my best for the team and the football club.”
Sterling joins a host of big names who have committed their long-term future to Liverpool under new manager Brendan Rodgers, including Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Suso and Jonjo Shelvey.
Midfielder Suso congratulated Sterling, saying on his Twitter “Congratulations to Raheem Sterling on his new contract. Glad to have him five years more with us.”
Full back Ryan McLaughlin tweeted “Really happy for Raheem sterling singing his new contract, well deserved.”
The future looks good for Liverpool.