Former Anfield director urges Liverpool star to sign deal

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Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli has urged Raheem Sterling to commit his long-term future to the Anfield club, amid reported interest in the youngster from Manchester United and Arsenal.

Sterling is yet to sign his first senior deal with Liverpool and, according to the The Sun, Manchester United and Arsenal are monitoring his developments closely.

The winger is set to be offered a bumper pay-day from Liverpool after breaking into the first-team under Brendan Rodgers, but Sterling has so far been unable to agree on his salary with the club.

Comolli watched Sterling extensively during his time at Liverpool, which ended in April, and believes Anfield is the ideal place for the 18-year-old to continue his education.

The Frenchman says Sterling should not concentrate on money at this early stage of his career, but instead focus on being with a club where he can continue to flourish and, says Comolli, that club is Liverpool.

"My advice would be sign the contract and stay at Liverpool," Comolli told talkSPORT. "It is a great club. Unless there is something which makes him really uncomfortable he should sign the contract and play for Liverpool football club.

"I really don't think money should be an issue. He is 18 and it is going to be one of many, many contracts he is going to sign and he is going to end up being a very, very wealthy individual.

"The important contract, if you are money-orientated, is the one you sign when you are 31, not 18."

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