LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 17, 2013: Liverpool's Tiago Ilori in action against Sunderland during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool offer new contract and first team chance to Tiago Ilori

Liverpool are reported to have offered Tiago Ilori a new deal to remain at Anfield alongside the chance to stake a claim for a first team spot in pre-season.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - Wednesday, July 16, 2014: Liverpool's Tiago Ilori in action against Brondby IF during a preseason friendly match at Brøndby Stadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The former Sporting Lisbon defender is currently away on international duty at the European U21 Championship with Portugal in Czech Republic, where he has impressed playing as a left side centre back.

The Daily Mail report that: “The Portugal U21 international has two years remaining on his current contract but Liverpool want to renegotiate his terms of £18,000 per week.”

It’s also reported that the defender, who signed for an initial £4 million in 2013 and has enjoyed loan spells at Granada and Bordeaux, “will be given the chance to show if he is ready to push for the first team during pre-season.”

This will undoubtedly be music to the ears of Ilori, who is yet to make a first team appearance at Anfield having only featured for the club’s under 21 side, but has previously made no secret of his desire to establish himself on Merseyside.

However, the Portuguese defender’s father, Kola Ilori, is quoted saying to Portuguese radio station, Antena 1, as first reported by Portuguese publication Maisfutebol: “We talked last week about the future of Tiago. They say he will have the chance and will go on the pre-season tour of Thailand.”

Kola is also said to have revealed: “There are other clubs interested like Sunderland, but Sunderland is a very cold city.”

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