The future of Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has been thrown into considerable doubt in recent weeks as the youngster is said to be stalling over a new and improved deal which could see him earn £100,000-a-week on Merseyside. Not too shabby a salary considering the Englishman is still only 20 years of age.
However, as relayed by the Daily Mail, it would seem that this huge increase in wages is not sufficient to convince the youngster that he should commit his long-term future to the Anfield club.
It is claimed Sterling and Liverpool remain 'miles apart' over a new contract. The in-demand England star reportedly rejected what Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers labelled an "incredible" offer and the Reds manager had admitted earlier this month that no agreement would be reached before the end of the season.
It therefore seems that a considerable impasse has been reached in recent negotiations between the players' agent and the club's hierarchy which could signal the in-demand winger's departure from this summer, with a host of big-name clubs such as Manchester City and Real Madrid reportedly interested in landing the youngster's signature.
Former Spurs and QPR boss Harry Redknapp had recently waded into the "Sterling saga" by claiming that the player should feel "lucky" to be at Anfield and will be making a big mistake if he decides not to commit.
When asked by Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast what advice he would give the young star about his future Redknapp said: “Sign your contract. You are at a great club, you are playing regularly, you have become an England international, you’re learning the game.
“You are at a fantastic club, one of the best football clubs in the world. You are lucky to be playing at a club like Liverpool. Get your nut down, do your job, and the rewards will keep coming.”
Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has echoed the thoughts of Redknapp by claiming Sterling would be making a "huge mistake" if he were to ditch Anfield for the Bernabeu this summer.
“His head is in a spin at the moment and you can see it in his game," Hoddle told talkSPORT.
"It’s not what it was two or three months ago. There’s something going on in his mind. The quicker they get that done [the better].
“He could make a very big mistake going abroad. It would be far too early for the lad. He’s found his home for the next few years."
Commenting on a financial "stalemate" which is significantly impeding Sterling's signing of a new and improved contract on Merseyside, Hoddle replied:
"He’s proved what he can do, and should improve on that at Liverpool. He can get even better. It’s not just about the finances.”
So, for both Redknapp and Hoddle, Sterling should resist the temptation of a big-money transfer away from Anfield for the good of his own development. However, whether the youngster will heed this sensible advice remains to be seen...
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