Raheem Sterling has admitted in an interview with the BBC to rejecting a 100,000 pounds a week contract. Liverpool surely can’t be seen to lose another of it’s biggest talents after losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer. The reds had just begun to put a run of form together which catapulted them into fifth place in the table, the potential loss of Sterling would leave a huge void in Liverpool’s first team. The 20 year old currently has 2 years left on his contract which is worth 35,000 pounds a week.
On rejecting the contract offer Sterling told the BBC
“It’s never been about money. I talk about winning trophies throughout my career. That’s all I talk about.”
“I don’t want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old,”
“In my head I’ve sat down and thought about it. But, at the end of the season, I just want to sit down with the club and my representatives. I will definitely give guarantees when the season has finished.”
“When I started out at QPR, I would never have dreamt of this day, to have such a huge offer in front of me. I’m really thankful. I just want to solely focus on my football right now. I want to win something at the end of the season and the FA Cup’s a great chance.”
“The public just think you want more and that’s not the case at this moment in time. I’m just a kid that loves playing football. That’s how it’s been since I was a young kid. I’ve never ever wanted to demand anything off no-one, I’m just trying to demand the best of myself.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has since come out and said that they will not sell Sterling in the summer and that the interview was not sanctioned by the club.
If Sterling was to leave during the summer it would be a massive blow to Liverpool’s chances for qualifying for the top four next season. Would the likes of Lazar Markovic or Jordan Ibe be able to replace him permanently? Maybe so, but Sterling is only 20 and is one of the top talents in world football