Bolo Zenden has stated that Raheem Sterling’s proposed move to Real Madrid would be a mistake. The 38-year-old believes that the young Liverpool wide-man would find a move to Madrid too big a step in this early part of his career, reports talkSPORT.
The 20-year-old former Queens Park Rangers youngster has rejected a new contract at Liverpool this summer and has constantly pushed for a move away from Anfield.
Real Madrid have been linked with Sterling since the saga began, with new manager Rafa Benitez adding fuel to fire after describing himself as “an admirer” of the Liverpool man.
However, in recent weeks both Manchester United and Paris St Germain seemingly been interested in acquiring the services of the Merseyside based player.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast show, the former Liverpool and Chelsea star said: "For Raheem, to go to Manchester City is an easier step than Real Madrid.
"Madrid is a massive, massive club with a lot of expectations and when you go abroad there is a lot coming at you that you are not used to. You have to adapt and we have seen before it is not for everybody, especially at the age Sterling is.
“I think he should play a bit more, get that experience, and maybe make that step later on.”
Sterling is widely regarded as a promising talent, but it seems Liverpool may have to accept the fact they will need to let the want-away forward leave in the window.
The Jamaican-born player has scored just 18 league goals since he emerged into the Liverpool first team in 2012.