There has been a lot of differing opinions lately about Raheem Sterling's situation, he has turned down a contract offer from Liverpool, some say it is because he wants more money, others say he wants a move away from the club.
Amid all of the uproar I think it is important to note that Raheem still has two years to run on his current Liverpool deal this summer, so by no means will he be a cheap buy for other big clubs vying for his signature.
Recently we have seen Raheem been deployed in different positions by Rodgers, including right wing-back.
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Raheem stated when asked about the shift is that he is happy to play in any position for the benefit of the team but prefers playing a more attacking role. On the topic of Rodgers, Raheem also said they have a strong relationship, he feels they can speak to each other when ever the time is right and Rodgers has been really good to him throughout his few years at the club.
Rodgers has made it clear Raheem will be staying at Liverpool, however when the young Englishman was asked the same question he wasn't so clear. Sterling implied that he knows that with Rodgers at the helm Liverpool is a great place for young footballers but he has his own ambitions in football.
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He wishes to do his best for the club now and sit down with the club and his representatives at the end of the season. Big clubs will be swooping, there is no doubt about that, Raheem recently scored his first goal for England and there has been no shortage of big clubs linked with him.
Raheem also explained that he is frustrated with the perception fans have developed for him during the past few months, saying he is not a money hungry boy who is getting ahead of himself but just a young footballer who wants to get the best out of himself.
He says he likes to keep to himself and focus on his football and ambition, hence putting off contract talks until the end of the season.
So after taking in all of the things Sterling has said, do we believe that he just wants to play football and not worry about money. I do. Having said that, the fact that he is worrying about his football and not his contract does not mean he sees his future at the Liverpool Football Club.
Another thing Sterling said that is worth pointing out is that if he was offered a contract extension towards the end of last season he would of signed it then and there.
To me, this means that since that time Sterling has realised that his future may not be at Liverpool and he can open himself to other options. Not good news for Liverpool fans.
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