Exclusive: Sky update on Liverpool deal that's Klopp No1 summer priority, Mills reacts
Danny Mills claimed the length of deal offered to Georginio Wijnaldum by Liverpool may be an obstacle in any contract talks over the next 12 months.
The former England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the club will be reluctant to hand the 29-year-old a long-term deal given his age.
Wijnaldum is entering the final year of his contract at Anfield having put pen to paper on a five-year deal in July 2016.
Georginio Wijnaldum is very happy at Liverpool. Would like to stay as long as possible. No panic about contract running out in 18 months. Plans in the pipeline about talks over new deal. Fully focused on helping Liverpool win the title. Believes he's at best club in the world
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 7, 2020
Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solkehol has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Wijnaldum is keen to stay “as long as possible” and there is “no panic” about deal expiring next year.
As revealed by Football Insider on Monday, Jurgen Klopp has made securing the Dutchman’s future at Anfield his top priority this summer.
When asked why the Dutch midfielder has not yet committed his future to the Reds, Mills told Football Insider: “A lot of clubs do not want to give more than one-year deals when a player gets to that sort of age.
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“He will be thinking he deserves at least a couple of years after winning the Champions League and the Premier League. There will be some negotiations to be had about how long it is more than anything else. That could well be the key.
“It is a bit of cat and mouse. A game of poker but everybody has a price. Hopefully, they can meet in the middle somewhere.”
The Netherlands international has been almost ever-present in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield since joining from Newcastle in a £23million deal.
Wijnaldum made 38 appearances so far this season, scoring five, to help place the Reds in pole position to win a first top-flight title in 30 years.
The league leaders are 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City.
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