With several teams vying to get him next summer, Raheem Sterling finds himself in a tight predicament, as Liverpool has said that they are not going to sell him even if he refuses to sign a new contract.
The team’s position regarding the beleaguered winger was revealed by sources to ESPNFC. Sterling’s contract with Liverpool runs until 2017. The Reds decided to open talks in Octyober to extend his tenure up to 2020.
However, the talks stalled due to disagreement between the two parties regarding compensation. Reports said that Sterling, through his agent Aidy Ward, is asking the team for almost £150,000 a week, which would have put him as one of the top earners in the team. However, Liverpool is said to be willing to £100,000. The 20-year old player currently ears £35,000 a week at Anfield.
Liverpool team manager Brendan Rodgers earlier confirmed that the contract talks have indeed been put on hold, citing Sterling’s desire to focus on the team’s games. “It has been made clear by Raheem’s representative and the boy himself he just wants to concentrate on his football and see what can be resolved in the summer,” the manager told reporters.
Rodgers was also very optimistic that both parties will be able to come to an agreement. “I am sure it will be resolved and the concentration for Raheem is now on his football and it is clear the terms of when those talks will begin again.”
The manager is one of the strongest supporters for keeping the young winger under the team’s fold and has repeatedly brushed of rumors of Sterling’s transfer to other teams. “The boy is happy here and I repeat if you have the interest of the kid and his football development at this stage of his career this is the best place to be,” he argued.
Under regulations, Liverpool is entitled to seek additional fees from any team sxeeking to sign him up before his contract expires. Arsenal is one of the clubs that has been strongly pursuing to grab Sterling.