As the interest appears to be growing in Raheem Sterling, so does Brendan Rodgers’ resolve to keep the player in his Liverpool plans.
Having helped the Reds come within a whisker of winning a first league title in 24 years last season, the England international continues to enhance his reputation. Although he was far from his best in the nervy 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon, he will have woken to fresh speculation over his future the following morning.
Sterling has already been the subject of reported interest in recent days from Real Madrid who, as Manchester United would testify, have a habit of landing their targets. Yet the latest club who are said to be keen on signing the 19-year-old is Paris St Germain, who have flexed their financial power on a number of occasions since the Qatari takeover of 2011.
“He still has a lot of growth [in his game] and the best place for him is here,” Liverpool boss Rodgers said. “I am absolutely adamant. His agent is a good agent and understands this is the perfect place for him. It is not a big issue for us. We are quite relaxed. There are no thoughts about anything else other than his continuing to play for Liverpool.”
Sterling still has two years remaining on his existing contract at the Merseyside club, which is thought to earn him a salary in the region of £43,000-per-week. However, whilst the Reds claim to be relaxed over his future, at the same time they are determined to tie him to a new long-term deal, which could earn him more than twice this amount.
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