Gerrard hints at Liverpool stay

20 July 2010 12:59
Steven Gerrard has ended the speculation surrounding his future by committing himself to Liverpool following talks with new manager Roy Hodgson. Skipper Gerrard had been linked with a move away from Anfield following a disappointing last season when the Reds finished seventh in the Premier League. Real Madrid were reported to be interested in signing England's World Cup captain in a £30million deal. However, Gerrard has now declared himself happy at Anfield following talks with Hodgson. The former Fulham boss was handed the reins following the decision to part company with Rafael Benitez in May. "I made it clear that I simply needed to concentrate on the World Cup and then have a decent holiday with my family," Gerrard told the club's official website. "I wanted the chance to meet Roy Hodgson privately and, having done so, I'm very impressed with his plans for the future of the team. "I've only returned to training today at Melwood with some of the other World Cup players, but I can't wait for the new season to start." Meanwhile, Gerrard has endorsed Hodgson's first signing following confirmation that England colleague Joe Cole has agreed to join the Reds on a free transfer. "It's a great signing for us" he added. "I know Joe well through the England set-up and have seen first-hand just how good a player he is. "He's proved his ability over many years in the Premier League, sometimes against us - so it will be fantastic to play alongside him in a red shirt for Liverpool. "I've told him what a great club this is and I'm sure Joe's the sort of exciting talent our fans will love to see."

Source: ESA