For all the widespread criticism Raheem Sterling has received for not signing a new contract with Liverpool, former England international Trevor Sinclair has supported the 20-year-old, accusing the Reds of trying to ‘bully’ him into signing a new deal.
Brendan Rodgers’ claims that the winger was being badly advised after he gave an interview to explain his reason for turning down the new deal, are false according to Sinclair who supports Sterling’s view that he is motivated by trophies and not money.
“All the kid has said is he is not in a rush to sign a contract, he wants to play Champions League football - surely you can’t knock him for that. He is still giving his all for Liverpool Football Club, but a lot of people have got big opinions on it,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.
“I’ve watched the interview. He didn’t say anything wrong. He said he wants to give his all for Liverpool Football Club. I think there is a bit of bullying going on. They are trying to bully him into signing a new contract.”
“It is a great deal, £100,000-a-week has been mentioned, but if he is not sure if he wants to stay at Liverpool football club, why bully him?”
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Former West Ham United and Manchester City winger Sinclair believes the happiness of the player should remain the most important thing.
When asked on what Sterling’s next career move should be Sinclair said: “For me, it should be whatever he’s happy with. But we don’t know what that is.
“This boy is potentially a superstar. When he gets that consistency, he’s one of those players that has you on the edge of your seat.”
Club captain Steven Gerrard is to leave Liverpool in the summer after admitting he would not have left the club had he been offered a contract last summer.
A new deal was offered in November, by which time Gerrard had already decided he was going to end his 25-year affiliation with the Reds.
With two-and-a-half years still on Sterling’s current deal, Sinclair believes there is no rush for the winger to sign a new deal.
“What’s the rush? They weren’t rushing with Steven Gerrard and they’re not rushing obviously with Henderson. He still says he wants to give his all for Liverpool football club.”