Liverpool F.C. have announced Jordon Ibe has put pen to paper on a new, long-term contract with the club.
Ibe, who joined the Reds academy from Wycombe Wanderers in 2011, broke into Brendan Rodgers’ first-team squad this season, making 11 English Premier League matches for the Merseysiders.
The England youth international, 19, will likely play a bigger role for Liverpool in 2015/16, especially if Raheem Sterling–priced at 7/4 to be a Manchester City player on 3 September 2015–ends up leaving Anfield this summer.
Shortly after committing his future to Anfield, Ibe told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m over the moon. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to. I’ve spoken to the gaffer and I’m happy it’s over and done with. Now I just want to kick on into next season, as well as the last game of this one.
“Liverpool are a great club and I like the philosophy here. I’m enjoying it – I’ve just been brought into the first team and I’ve enjoyed the games I’ve played in. Hopefully I can just keep doing well at the club.
“I have been given the chance to play quite a few games and I’ve enjoyed it. As I said, I just want to take that into pre-season and then next season, continuing with how it’s been since I’ve been back here.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers added: “He has thoroughly deserved it.
“He is a young kid that has got a lot of potential; he still has a lot of work to do to become that consistent performer at the top level, but there’s no doubting his potential and he has really grown and developed over the course of the last season.”
Gomes signs three-year deal
Watford F.C. goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has signed a new three-year contract at Vicarage Road after helping the Hornets win promotion to the English Premier League.
The former Tottenham Hotspur shot-topper, 34, finished second in the club’s Player of the Year vote (behind Troy Deeney) after keeping 15 clean sheets in 44 games in 2014/15.
“I am familiar with the club and everyone here,” Gomes said. “Some people were not sure what I was going to do here but when you have the respect of the people and the fans it’s great.
“That’s why I want to stay here for a long time. When you feel good you want to continue and I feel good.”
Gomes, who is now contracted to Vicarage Road until the summer of 2018, has made over 100 appearances in the Premier League.
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