He may be too young to enjoy a pint with us here in the Football Transfer Tavern, but that hasn’t cooled interest from Manchester City and Chelsea in Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling.
Andy Hunter of the Guardian has stopped by saying how Brendan Rodgers is desperate to get the 17-year-old committed to a long-term future at the Anfield club, with moneybags Manchester City and Chelsea thought to be monitoring the situation closely.
The winger becomes eligible to sign the first senior contract of his career on December 8th, although another week of negotiations between the Liverpool managing director, Ian Ayre, and Sterling’s representatives ended in stalemate. However the Reds are adamant a deal is close.
Sterling has started 13 of Liverpool’s 14 Premier League games this season, as well as making his senior international debut for England in a recent friendly defeat to Sweden.
“I think it is important for the club that we sign our young talents but I think it is even more important for Raheem,” Rodgers said.
“This is a club that is going to give young players an opportunity. He has played more games than he could have dreamed of this season, both in the Premier League and the Europa League. Liverpool Football Club has given him the chance to become a full international player. So, I would think if I am Raheem Sterling and his agents, I would look to tie it up very quickly.”
Despite the hesitation, Rodgers remains confident Sterling will commit his future to Liverpool in the near future, and moved further to stave off interest from City and Chelsea.
The Liverpool manager added: “This contract won’t be the biggest contract of his life. It is when he actually achieves something. What he has shown just now is fantastic potential. His next contract and the one after that [will be the big ones]. But this is Liverpool Football Club. If you are 17 years of age and you are playing regularly you would be very foolish not to commit yourself very quickly. I am confident it is something that will be sorted out very soon.”