Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told Raheem Sterling that he will not be granted permission to leave Anfield this summer.
Sterling, 20, was informed that Liverpool have no intention of letting him leave the club during a private meeting at Rodgers’ house, according to the Mirror.
The England international has been linked to the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid in recent weeks after failing to put pen-to-paper on a contract extension.
Sterling still has another two years to run on his current deal, but Liverpool are acutely aware of the need to tie him down to a new long-term deal.
It’s not a question of money, Sterling insists, after recently rejecting a new deal worth a staggering £100,000-a-week.
“We had a couple of good meetings,” Rodgers told reporters. “He came to my house and had a good chat on a personal level as well.
“It’s not just about the football side, it’s also about his welfare because he’s still young and he’s been through a lot in the last couple of years. We talked generically, and I think he’s in a good place at the moment.”
Rodgers confirms Sterling is staying
Rodgers revealed that Sterling will be kept at Anfield, regardless of whether he fails to sign a new deal ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.
“We’ve made that clear from the beginning and the owners are very much supportive of that,” the Northern Irishman added.
“Raheem won’t be going anywhere this summer, even if there’s not a deal agreed.”
But would a £50 million offer be too tempting for Liverpool to resist?
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