Have you ever wondered why Raheem Sterling rejected a £100,000-a-week deal with Liverpool and then decided to publically announce it to the nation via the world's oldest broadcasting organisation?
It now seems we have an answer. His name is Aidy Ward.
That is the man who seems to be making the decisions with regards to Sterling's future and he has now confirmed that his client, a 20-year-old without a winner's medal in any major competition, is ready to quit the club that helped him develop into a Premier League footballer.
There had been rumours that Sterling and Ward would sit down with Liverpool officials on Friday to tell them he wants to leave Anfield, but that information was conveniently leaked to the press shortly before the club's end of season awards.
Having been booed by a section of the crowd at the ceremony, it seems Sterling's position at Anfield has become untenable. As a result, football agent Ward has decided to start burning bridges.
He told the Evening Standard: “I don’t care about the PR of the club and the club situation. I don’t care.
“He is definitely not signing. He’s not signing for £700, £800, £900,000-a-week. He is not signing.
“My job is to make sure I do the best with them (my clients). If people say I am bad at my job, or they are badly advised it does not matter.”
The relationship between Sterling and the club will be completely destroyed once these quotes resonate their way across Merseyside.
The player's car was reportedly kicked by a fan when he was leaving Liverpool's training ground yesterday and more boos will follow if and when he takes the field against Stoke City.
Much of the criticism started after Sterling went public with his decision to reject a contract, but Ward has hit back at the player's critics saying it was Liverpool's decision to make the initial talks public.
He said: “How did this all occur? There is no smoke without fire.”
He added: “I am not worried. Worried is making a decision not knowing what is going to happen. Every premier league club will make a bid for him.”
Jamie Carragher, Thierry Henry, Mark Lawrenson, Graeme Souness. These are just some of the pundits who have accused Sterling of being badly advised and these garish and ostentatious quotes from Ward shows exactly where that advice is coming from.
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