After contract talks between Liverpool and Raheem Sterling were cancelled this week following his agent stating Sterling wouldn’t sign a new deal with the Reds even if they offered him $1.4 million per week, the young winger seems to be digging his heels in as he aims to seal a move away from Anfield this summer.
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Sterling, 20, has two years left on his current Liverpool deal but has turned down improved terms over the past six months and has previously stated his intention to win trophies and be successful over demanding bucket loads of cash.
Despite this latest setback Sterling’s manager at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, believes the youngster will stick around. Even if all the signs are pointing towards an Anfield exit this summer.
“The facts are very, very simple,” Rodgers said. “Whether there were talks or no talks, Raheem has two years left on his deal at Liverpool and I expect him to see that two years through and continue to behave as immaculately as he’s done since I’ve come into the club.”
Sterling has burst onto the scene with Liverpool over the past two seasons and has also become a regular for England and was the Three Lions’ best player at the World Cup last summer. His seven goals and seven assists this season in the PL for Liverpool is a modest return, but he has often had the burden of carrying the teams attacking charge with Daniel Sturridge out injured for most of the campaign and new signings failing to settle.
Rodgers was asked if Sterling will play in Liverpool’s final game of the 2014-15 at Stoke City on Sunday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on SYFY and online via Live Extra) and the man who gave Sterling a chance to play in the PL confirmed he will be available for selection, despite contract negotiations breaking down.
“My relationship, it hasn’t been effected at all with that. I have given Raheem an opportunity here to play for one of the greatest clubs in the world and he has done exceptionally well in taking that opportunity,” Rodgers said. “For me, what goes on with contracts and of course we want to resolved the situation with respect to that. For me, it doesn’t change my approach to him. I have always remained that he is a good boy, a good kid, who has matured very, very well over the last few years. He’s a wonderful young football player and that’s my only concentration. There’s no problem there.”
Without a doubt, this entire episode could have been handled much better by everyone involved and should have stayed in private. The one real winner here seems to be Sterling, as his host of admirers at elite clubs in the PL and across Europe continue to grow. Liverpool won’t do badly either, as a player they paid less than $1 million for in 2010 could be sold for upwards of $45 million this summer.
Expect this situation to rumble on all summer long…