By Scott Taylor
Tiago Ilori is set to be offered a new deal by parent side Liverpool. The defender spent last season on loan with Ligue 1 side Bordeaux and impressed when he did play. Ilori, 22, is currently playing for Portugal Under-21s in the Under-21 European Championships, and according to his father, he will be given a new contract.
Ilori is currently on £18,000 per week and has two years left on his contract, but Liverpool want to tie down the starlet as one for the future, alongside new recruit Joe Gomez. During contract talks with the club and Ilori’s agent, Ilori’s father, Kola told Antena 1 that Ilori will be in the Reds’ plans next season, but has revealed that another loan move may be a possibility, with Sunderland being linked with a move for him.
He said: “They [Liverpool] say he will have a chance and will go on the pre-season tour of Thailand. There are other clubs interested [in him], like Sunderland, but it is a very cold city.”
Ilori joined the Reds from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2013, but has yet to make a first-team appearance. After moving to the Reds for around £7m, Ilori has played in both La Liga and Ligue 1. He has also gained praise for comfortably handling the likes of Harry Kane and Domenico Berardi at the Under-21 Championships.
Should he sign the deal, he will be the fifth young player to commit to Liverpool, after Phillipe Coutinho, Jordon Ibe, Jon Flanagan and Andrew Wisdom put pen to paper.