Benitez set for contract talks

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Liverpool are to open talks with boss Rafa Benitez regarding a new contract within the next week.

Liverpool boss to begin discussions in the next week

Liverpool are to open talks with manager Rafa Benitez regarding a new contract within the next week. The Spaniard has only 18 months remaining on his current deal and speculation had suggested that he faced an uncertain future at Anfield. Benitez endured an unsettled relationship with the club's American co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks during last season, with the pair admitting to meeting Jurgen Klinsmann as they considered a possible successor. But differences have seemingly been settled and, with Liverpool flying high in the Premier League, Benitez's representatives are due to start discussions with the Anfield hierarchy in the next seven days. Benitez told Liverpool's official website: "I received a phone call from Tom Hicks on behalf of George Gillett also. They are talking about a meeting with my advisors and a contract extension. This is very positive news.

Solution

"We decided to meet in the next week and now my advisors are in contact with them. "We haven't spoken about the length of the contract but we talked and we all want to find a solution as soon as possible. "For me it's easy. I want to stay here - I am where I want to be. It's very simple. "My family and I know how good the fans have been with us. The club is going forward and we have the new stadium project. There are a lot of positive things. "I want to stay here for a long time. Clearly I would like to be here when the new stadium opens. The other day I was joking that if they offered me a 20-year contract I'd be really pleased." A statement on behalf of the Hicks and Gillett said: "Rafa continues to do a great job, we are really pleased with the progress of the team and we look forward to talking to him and his advisors about extending his contract."

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