Saturday 22 September 2018

Liverpool cancel contract talks with Raheem Sterling after agent outburst

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling's contract saga with Liverpool has taken another new twist after the club cancelled Friday's scheduled meeting with the player and his agent.

Sterling's representative Aidy Ward had requested a sit down with chief executive Ian Ayre and manager Brendan Rodgers to discuss the 20-year-old's future, having turned down a £100,000-a-week deal in January.

However, in light of comments reported in the London Evening Standard, in which Ward apparently claims Sterling "would not sign a new contract for £900,000-a-week", the meeting has now been scrapped.

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Ward has subsequently disputed the words attributed to him and is reportedly threatening to take legal action but that has carried no weight with Reds officials, who it is understood do not see the point of discussing an issue which appears to have already been decided in the minds of the player and his representative.

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Sterling's agent has been widely criticised for his handling of negotiations after turning down the club's offer of a substantial increase on the player's current £35,000-a-week deal in January.

The player conducted an interview, unauthorised by the club, in which he insisted he was not "a money-grabber" before reports emerged earlier this week - again played down by Ward - that Liverpool would be told at Friday's meeting that Sterling would not sign a new contract.

"I don't care about the PR of the club and the club situation. I don't care," the London Evening Standard quoted Ward as saying.

"He is definitely not signing. He's not signing for £700,000, £800,000, £900,000 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."

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