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holicman2010-05-02 20:40:56 +0000 #1
Jan 29 2007

by David Prentice, Liverpool Echo

Steven Gerrard & Jamie Carragher after winning the European Cup

LIVERPOOL are keen to offer Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher new deals.

The Reds are examining the contracts of all their senior stars in light of new rules over contracts that are due to come into force in August.

Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia are likely to be the first to sit down and discuss extensions, but skipper Gerrard and defensive lynchpin Carragher have also been lined up for talks in the near future.

FIFA have adopted European Union law, which means a player can effectively ‘buy out’ the remaining period of his contract with just 15 days notice if the deal was signed prior to the age of 28 and provided he has completed three entire seasons’ service, or three entire years.

If the contract was signed after he reaches 28, only two seasons or years must be served.

In effect, the buy-out value will become the player’s transfer value as interested clubs would no doubt pay the fee rather than the player himself. The three or two year periods are referred to as a player’s “protected period”.

Both Alonso and Garcia fall out of their “protected period” at the end of the season and could conceivably then buy out their present contracts.

Both Gerrard and Carragher’s “protected periods” are some way off, but the Reds are keen to avoid unnecessary speculation regarding their futures.

No date has been yet set for contract talks with any of the parties concerned, although Alonso is keen to talk about a new deal, according to his agent.

Inaki Ibanez revealed: “At the moment there are no talks, but when Liverpool call we will answer them.

“Xabi is very happy at Liverpool and he is enjoying playing there.”

Potential investors DIC, meanwhile, remain confident of a successful takeover at Anfield, despite interest from American businessman George Gillett.

Dubai International’s executive chairman Sameer al-Ansari said: “I understand he offered £5,000 a share while we offered £4,500 a share.

“We are very confident the club will not consider the other offer.”

Ballsmith2010-05-02 20:49:11 +0000 #2
Just out of interest...if Carragher and Gerrard's contract talks failed and they became available on the market, contract length notwithstanding, how much do you think they would fetch?


Carragher - £12-13m

Gerrard - £18-20m
holicman2010-05-02 21:26:29 +0000 #3
Well Gerrard could possibly ballpark around 20- 25 million ??

Carragher at least half of that.
Gavmundo2010-05-02 22:02:16 +0000 #4
Gerrard £5m

Carragher 50p

To be honest I've never been a big fan of Carragher but think he's been very good this season. I hate to admit I have him in my Fantasy team
Ballsmith2010-05-02 21:42:04 +0000 #5
For the last 3 years, Carragher has been in my top 5 central defenders in the Premiership.

He has experience at the top level of club football, reads the game really well and his timing on tackles is great.

Excuse me while I go and wash my mouth out.
Langbaard2010-05-02 21:31:20 +0000 #6

Originally Posted by Gavmundo

Gerrard £5m

Carragher 50p

To be honest I've never been a big fan of Carragher but think he's been very good this season. I hate to admit I have him in my Fantasy team

Gerrard would definetely be around 20-25 million, but Carragher, he's a good player, but a bit overrated in England simply because he's English.

10 million would be the right amount in my opinion.
Gavmundo2010-05-02 21:27:41 +0000 #7
Well that's just it. England seem to be the only country where players cost stupid amounts even for average players but that's probably because there seems to be a lot of cash to spend! Even West Ham recently offered £18m for Darren Bent who's only on the fringes of the England Squad and plays for a side fighting a relegation battle. EIGHTEEN MILLION? I wouldn't expect to spend much more on Torres and you'd probably be able to get a player like Raul for less than that! Bent hasn't proven himself at all yet stupid money is being offered!

Carragher has been good this season but has been far from class in previous seasons and has never been impressive playing for England.... then again who has?



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