Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has told Raheem Sterling to stay at Liverpool following the news that he has turned down a new £100,000-a-week deal at Anfield.
In his column for The Independent, Scholes said: “My view is that Raheem Sterling should stay at Liverpool. They have elevated him from the junior sides and he has a manager who has built a team around him. He plays every week. What more do you need at that age?”
Sterling has been linked with Manchester City, Real Madrid and Arsenal in the past month, and still has two years to run on his current £35,000-a-week deal.
“He can beat a man and on his day he looks impressive,” Scholes stated. “But he doesn’t score enough goals, not yet anyway.”
So far this season, Sterling has appeared 43 times in all competitions, scoring ten times. He scored his first England goal in last Friday’s 4-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley.
The winger told BBC Sport: “I don’t want to be perceived as the money-grabbing 20-year-old. I keep hearing I’ve rejected all sorts of contracts. Me, the club and my reps have spoken about it and put talks on hold until the end of the season, so it’s frustrating to hear the contract situation keep going on and on.”
Liverpool and Sterling travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal this weekend in the early kick off on Saturday, hoping to return to winning ways after their defeat to Manchester United last time out.