With the current season drawing to a close, Raheem Sterling and his contract issues has again become a hot topic. But, the young winger says that he is not bothered by the criticisms that he has been receiving when it comes to the issue.

“It just goes in one ear and goes out the other,” Sterling said about the topic in the recent interview. “I don’t read anything, don’t look at anything and, for me, it’s all football. I’m genuinely focused on doing my best for this football club.”

“Everyone has their opinion on me at this moment in time, but I’m just a kid who loves to play football and to try and improve every day and be the best I can be,”

The 20-year old has been the center of controversy in the last few months after he publicly admitted that he had rejected a £100,000-a-week offer from Liverpool during negotiations for renewing his contract. Sterling drew flak for having the interview right before a major match. The Reds’ manager Brendan Rodgers also expressed his displeasure over the incident.

“I’m just taking it in my stride and hopefully in these last few games, the run-in until the end of the season, I can kick on again. I’m still learning and developing so only time will tell,” Sterling said of his current situation.

He also revealed that he has yet to reach his personal targets for the season. “I set targets for myself at the start of the season and I’m probably a few goals behind where I wanted to be,” Sterling explained.

“I’m my own biggest critic. I don’t need anyone to tell me when I’ve played badly. I know when I’ve done bad, I’m always looking where I could have done better or scored an extra goal.

The 20-year old also dismissed comments that his team’s season has been a failure after their defeat against Aston Villa in the FA Cup semis. “Obviously we didn’t start the season as well as we would have liked, we’ve definitely shown qualities and the manager has shown us stats from the start of the year and we’ve probably been one of the better teams in the league.”

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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