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Friday 19 October 2012

In Brief: Suso signs new deal with Liverpool

Spaniard extends deal; Thomas Hitzlsperger signs with Everton, Lukasz Fabianski injured

  • Suso has impressed Brendan Rodgers since making his debut this season

  • Thomas Hitzlsperger was at West Ham United between 2009 and 2011

Suso has signed a new “long-term contract” with Liverpool, the club have confirmed.

The 18-year-old, whose real name is Jesus Fernandez, joined from his hometown club Cadiz two years ago and after being handed his debut against Young Boys in the UEFA Europa League this season has made three appearances in the Barclays Premier League.

"I am really happy,” Suso told “Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world and this is the right place for me. I am happy Brendan [Rodgers, the manager] has shown trust in me. I had no questions about signing a new deal and I am really glad to have done so.

"I am comfortable here. I have played some games for the first team and I hope to continue doing that, but I need to work hard every day for that to happen. This is one of the best days of my life."

Rodgers said: "We are all delighted Suso has committed his long-term. At 18, he has demonstrated outstanding technical qualities but also shown very good temperament to play for such a prestigious club.

"His commitment is very good news for all our young Academy players and the excellent work taken place by the Academy coaches and staff."

Hitzlsperger joins Everton

Former Aston Villa and West Ham United midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has signed for Everton on a short-term deal, subject to international clearance.

The 30-year-old former Germany international has been training with the Merseyside club for the last few weeks as part of his recovery from a long-term injury.

Hitzlsperger has signed a contract that will keep him at Everton until January and the club are expecting him to be eligable for Sunday's trip to Queens Park Rangers.

He first came to England in 2000 with Aston Villa and spent five years in Birmingham before joining Stuttgart. Spells at Italian side Lazio and West Ham followed before he joined Wolfsburg last summer.

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Fabianski blow for Arsenal

Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has been ruled out for three months after rupturing his ankle ligaments.

Fabianski suffered the injury in training on Thursday and will require surgery to fix the problem.

Meanwhile, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has said first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is two weeks away from returning.

The 22-year-old has been out for a month with an ankle injury.

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Key Points

  • Liverpool's Suso signs new "long-term" deal with the club
  • Thomas Hitzlsperger signs short-term deal with Everton
  • Lukasz Fabianski out for three months after rupturing ankle ligaments