Tuesday 25 October 2016

Raheem Sterling agent: '£900k-a-week would not keep him at Anfield'

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling is "definitely not signing" a new contract with Liverpool, his agent Aidy Ward has told the London Evening Standard.

In a remarkable interview with the London Evening Standard, the striker’s representative, Aidy Ward launched an extraordinary attack on Liverpool and its management.

Mr Ward said Sterling would refuse to sign a new deal even if he was offered nearly £1 million a week and may well return to the capital to play for Chelsea.

20-year-old Sterling, one of English football’s brightest young prospects, has already turned down a £100,000-a-week deal and is set to have a crunch meeting with manager Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre tomorrow.

Ward told the Standard he “didn’t care” about the club or its image, dismissed criticism by former players as “irrelevant” and branded Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher “a knob”.

He said: “I don’t care about the PR of the club and the club situation. I don’t care.

“He is definitely not signing. He’s not signing for £700, £800, £900 thousand a week. He is not signing.

“My job is to make sure I do the best with them (my clients). If people say I am bad at my job, or they are badly advised it does not matter.”

Sterling has been valued between £40m and £50m and it seems that the issue now is how much and where, rather than if he will go.

Ward is due to meet chief executive Ian Ayre on Friday to discuss Sterling's future and already this week has had to deny reports he will tell the club his client will not sign an extension to his existing deal, which still has two years to run.

"The story has been blown somewhat out of proportion.....[we] have a meeting scheduled with Liverpool later this week and we will take proceedings from there," he said on Tuesday.

Sterling was booed by some fans when he picked up his young player of the year award later that day but former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness believes they are entitled to do so.

"If he's privately making it known he wants to leave Liverpool then that word soon gets out and supporters are entitled to turn on him," he told Sky Sports.

"Just maybe someone should whisper in his ear and tell him he is not going anywhere."

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was infuriated by the way Sterling - and his representatives - have acted.

"For a 20-year-old kid to be taking on Liverpool Football Club over a contract, to the pit of my stomach that just winds me up, it angers me," Carragher he told Sky Sports.

"You keep your mouth shut - get on with playing football."

Manchester United were reported to have made a cheeky enquiry about the youngster but senior sources at Old Trafford have said he is not on their list of targets.

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