With ten matches to play and fighting for a top-four finish in the Premier League, rarely would you find a manager who is “relaxed.”
Brendan Rodgers is just that as his Liverpool side is surging up the table, with much praise coming to the young Raheem Sterling, who has been outstanding for the Reds this season.
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Only 20 years old, Sterling has already made over 100 appearances for the club and won the Golden Boy award in 2014 as the best player in Europe under the age of 21.
With such a high ceiling, Liverpool has been eager to lock up Sterling long-term, but contract talks have stalled despite the club making a massive offer.
It was reported that Liverpool was offering Sterling a contract of about $100,000 per week, a huge raise and a big payday for such a young player. But Sterling’s agent rejected the offer, claiming they wanted a contract closer to $150,000 per week, similar to the deal fellow striker Daniel Sturridge has.
Despite the contractual dispute, manager Brendan Rodgers said he is relaxed about the situation and is sure the two parties will come to an agreement.
There is nothing new to report on it. I am quite relaxed about Raheem’s situation.
He is not going anywhere in a hurry. He has still got this season and another couple of years to go on his contract. I think it is quite obvious when you look at Raheem’s situation anyone with Raheem’s best interests would see Liverpool as the best option for his career.
He has made it clear himself that he loves being here and I think he was quoted as saying this is the best place for any young player to develop, so that makes me quite relaxed. I am sure the club and his representatives will find the solution for that.”
Sterling has been quiet about the whole ordeal, saying he is focused on his football and letting the other parties involved handle his contract. However, he has been vocal in his love for Liverpool, saying it is a great place for him to continue to develop as a player.
With a contract at Anfield until 2017, Raheem Sterling isn’t going anywhere soon. The only real question is how much of a raise he is going to get, because no matter what happens, the kid is going to get paid.