Brendan Rodgers is hardly losing sleep at the recent speculation linking Raheem Sterling with a summer transfer to Real Madrid.
The 19-year-old has emerged as one of the best young talents not only in the Premier League, but across the whole of Europe. This has led to reports over the past few days that Los Blancos have taken an interest in the Liverpool forward, and could look to add him to a squad already brimming with world-class talent at the end of the season.
However, Sterling, who is also considered an integral part of England’s plans ahead of Euro 2012, remains under contract at Anfield until the summer of 2017. And whilst Rodgers is in no rush to tie the former Queens Park Rangers youngster to a new and improved contract, nor is he unsettled by the reports of interest from the Spanish capital.
“You could link Raheem with every club in the world at the moment,” said the Reds boss. “I sit easy with it. I’ve nothing really to add to it. There’s obviously lots of speculation every day. I think him and his representatives and the people close to him know how comfortable he is here and I’m sure at some point in the future, whatever contract we’re looking to work with will be sorted, but he’s still got three years left and there’s no rush from my perspective.”
Since heading to Merseyside as a 16-year-old in 2010, Sterling has gone on to make 82 appearances in all competitions, scoring 15 goals. He now has nine caps for England, and was a rare positive from their World Cup campaign in Brazil when he featured in all three group games, starting the first two, before Roy Hodgson’s side were eliminated.
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