Liverpool keen on to agree new long-term contract with key defender

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Liverpool are reportedly pushing to tie Virgil van Dijk down to a bumper fresh contract but interest from La Liga giants Real Madrid has emerged.

The centre-back has been a revelation at Liverpool since his record-breaking £75 million move from Southampton in the winter transfer market of 2018.

Virgil helped Liverpool clinch European glory in the summer as they went one better in the UEFA Champions League to lift the trophy one year after losing to Real Madrid in the final.

The Dutch defender fought off competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi last month to be crowned UEFA’s Player of the Year too.

And now, the Reds want to ensure he remains on Merseyside for years to come, considering his importance to manager Jurgen Klopp and his team.

Van Dijk’s current contract runs until 2023 and the Anfield outfit wish to extend that by a further two seasons.

He earns around £125,000 per week on Merseyside, and according to the Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, Zinedine Zidane’s side are interested in him.

Virgil would certainly be a perfect long-term partner for Raphael Varane once the Spanish living legend Sergio Ramos hangs up his boots.

But the Reds are in ongoing negotiations with the player’s agent. The Mirror reported the previous week that the 28-year-old agreed a new six-year contract at Liverpool last week.

While no confirmation has come over Virgil’s future yet, it appears the prospect of the player putting pen to paper again is edging closer.