Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Philippe Coutinho will be offered a new contract this summer in a bid to fend off mounting interest.
The Brazilian playmaker has been a big hit since his January 2013 switch to Anfield from Inter Milan, slotting straight into the Reds’ first-team and helping to boost the shock title charge last term.
Although his goals record has been relatively poor – he netted five times in 2013/14 – interest in his signature has been mooted, with Real Madrid a side to have been aligned with the 22-year-old.
Liverpool have endured two difficult summers surrounding La Liga heavyweights chasing Luis Suarez, which eventually resulted in the Uruguayan signing for Barcelona.
Rodgers is keen to ensure that he is able to build his team around the South American starlet in years to come, and has revealed that the Merseysiders are looking to tie him down to a new contract:
“A new contract for Philippe is something we will look to do over the summer,” he is quoted by Goal.
“It’s all in hand. He’s certainly on that list. He’s a valuable player and a great asset to the club. He’s come in here and shown his quality, and really developed as a young player.
“Now he’s moving into the best years of his life as a footballer. He’s 22 and hopefully, by the time the next World Cup comes around, he will be an important part of the Brazil team. I’m sure his best years will be at Liverpool.
“He came back to pre-season with a great level of fitness – right on the limit of his weight. He’s in great condition, clearly worked hard in the off-season and, since he’s come back, we’ve seen in the games how strong and aggressive he is.”
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