Glen Johnson looks likely to leave the club, with no contract on the table…
Liverpool’s ageing English defender Glen Johnson has claimed that he’s yet to enter discussions over a new contract, with his current deal expiring come the summer, reports the Echo.
The 30-year-old started yesterday’s FA Cup draw, but he’s played very much a bit-part role this season, making just the ten Premier League starts all campaign.
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“There’s no update. There have been no talks,” Johnson began.
“At this point I have no idea (where I will be next season). I haven’t thought about it.
“I’ve got two months left here and we will see what happens after that. I’m just going to keep my head down and keep training.”
“I do like the idea of going abroad,” the defender admitted…
“There have been talks. I’m still young and it would be great for the kids. But I’m not thinking about that at the moment, We will have to wait and see.”
Johnson has been at Anfield since 2009, when he arrived for a whopping £18m from former top-flight outfit Portsmouth. Johnson’s been a loyal servant in that time, although he’s often split the opinion of fans – with some claiming that his offensive prowess down the right doesn’t make up for his occasional lack of defensive acumen.
Behind Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, Johnson’s rumoured to be Liverpool’s highest paid player, with the Mirror claiming back in November that the club have no intention of renewing his £120k-per-week salary, and would only retain him if he agreed to halve the soon-to-be-expired deal.
Johnson did well during our title challenge last season, but he’s fallen way down the pecking order now, and could fall further when Jon Flanagan makes his long awaited return to fitness.
However, in January, Brendan Rodgers claimed that he wanted to retain the fullback, meaning there’s a chance he could still be a Liverpool come next season if a contract is eventually offered.
“There is nothing new as yet but I am hopeful he will stay and hopeful that we can find a solution and keep him here,” said Rodgers.