Manuel Pellegrini has paid tribute to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard by saying he could carry on playing top level football for another couple of years and and he doesn’t rate players on their age. Pellegrini is said to be an admirer of the Liverpool captain and he might make a move for him next summer if he fails to agree a deal with Liverpool.
Manuel Pellegrini: “I don’t ever rate players on their age. It depends on the money they cost and the number of years they can play for.
“Like Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard is a top player and he can continue at a high level for a couple more years.”
Steven Gerrard in a recent interview to The Telegraph admitted that this could be his last season at Anfield. Gerrard will be out of contract at Anfield next summer and he might leave the club if Liverpool decide not to renew his contract. Gerrard could also sign a pre-contract with another club after two months.
Steven Gerrard: “I’m only contracted until May. As it stands, I’m here until the end of the season and want to make the most of it.
“I won’t be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season.
“We will have to wait and see if that’s at Liverpool or somewhere else. That’s Liverpool’s decision. If they don’t come then I will see what’s out there.”
According to reports, New York Cosmos, who compete in the North American Soccer League, are also keen on bringing the Liverpool captain to the United States. Its highly unlikely Steven Gerrard will leave Anfield, as Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to keep his captain beyond summer and its only a matter of time he signs a new deal with his boyhood club Liverpool.
Rodgers told BT Sports: “I was quite surprised when I saw that, to be honest. Steven’s a wonderful player.
“The situation is very simple. We’ve already spoken with Steven’s representative over a week ago. A real productive, good conversation.
“We took that to the ownership and they’re obviously now in the process of getting deal agreed and done.
“So in terms of Steven, he’s a player of course that we want to keep.
“He’s been a big part of my plans since I’ve been here and I’ve said it a number of times, he’s player that going forward I still want to very much be part of my plans.
“Hopefully as I said that can be done fairly soon.”