Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has stated that he expects key forward Luis Suarez to sign a new contract this summer.
The Uruguay international has been a controversial figure since moving to Merseyside from Ajax in January 2011, but has shown some exhilarating performances on the pitch also.
Due to the media frenzy that brewed up over his racist remarks to Patrice Evra the South American has been linked with a transfer abroad, with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus said to be keen.
Despite this the Northern Irish coach expects Suarez to prolong his stay at Anfield.
“I have had a good conversation with Luis over the phone,” Rodgers told the club’s official website.
“From the outset, he has seemed a really good guy. He loves the city and the passion.
“We have exchanged lots of texts. He sent me a text on the first morning, wishing me good luck.
“He has really bought into what we are trying to do.
“He was really excited about how we played at Swansea last year. He is really keen and looking forward to playing in a similar sort of model.
“There has been good dialogue (on a contract). I would hope going forward that we can close that out,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight