While it may seem obvious to everyone else, Brendan Rodgers has refused to accept that Raheem Sterling wants to leave Liverpool, stating that he expects the Liverpool forward to see out the remaining two years on his Anfield contract.
Sterling has reportedly turned down a £100,000-a-week contract and is expected to request to leave Merseyside this summer. The situation has not been helped by Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward, who has allegedly claimed that the 20-year-old would not sign a new deal even if offered '£900,000-a-week'.
“Raheem has two years left on his deal and I expect him to see that two years through,” Rodgers said.
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The Liverpool boss also said that Sterling will be available for this weekend’s final league game at Stoke City, and insisted the England international would not be unhappy of the prospect of having to stay at Liverpool.
"We want to resolve the situation but it doesn’t change my approach to him. There is no problem there,” he claimed.
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“I don’t see Raheem being unhappy. His representative made it very clear that he wanted to speak at the end of the season.
“Our concentration is on the last game of the season and I’m sure talks will take place over the course of the summer.”
The Northern Irishman did though decline to answered whether Sterling had asked to leave Liverpool before the game with Chelsea, according to BBC Sport’s Ben Smith. It is his understanding that the forward had.
Ward, who seems determined to keep this story in the headlines, told the Evening Standard that Manchester City or Chelsea were the most likely destinations for his client, before he verbally attacked Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, calling him a “kn**” for criticising his negotiating techniques.
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Sterling is quickly falling out of favour with the Liverpool fans, and was even booed when he collected the club’s Young Player of the Year award on Wednesday.
Rodgers will continue to claim that the club wants Sterling to stay; otherwise the forward’s value will drop. But, realistically, it would make more sense for Liverpool to cash in than to force a player to stay somewhere he has made publicly clear he does not want to be.
The Sterling transfer saga is an ugly situation, and more disagreements between agent and club will only further damage the already dented reputation of one of England’s rising stars.
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