Raheem Sterling has been facing a lot of criticism lately for not extending his current contract with Liverpool, despite being offered an “incredible deal” as described by Brendan Rodgers. In an interview with BBC, Sterling says he doesn’t want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old and he won’t sign a contract until the end of the season.
“It’s not about the money at all,” the England international said.
“It’s never been about money. I talk about winning trophies throughout my career. That’s all I talk about. I don’t talk about how many cars I’m going to drive, how many houses I’ve got. I just purely want to be the best I can be.
“I don’t want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old. I just want to be seen as a kid who loves to play football and to do the best for the team.”
Raheem Sterling will not discuss his future at Liverpool until the end of the season as he now wants to concentrate on his football. Meanwhile, Sterling has been linked to a host of top European clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
“If, at that point in time, I was offered a contract, I most definitely would have signed straight away, probably for far less money than being said now,” he said. “I just think the timing was a bit off.”
“I try to kill it off, but I don’t think the public can see it that way,” Sterling said. “I think they just see it as this 20-year-old boy being greedy.
“I just want to take the time to think about what I’ve achieved in my career so far, where I need to go and what I need to do to get better as a player.”
Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling is fit to face top 4 rivals Arsenal after he was allowed to return to Melwood following England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania on Friday. It was earlier reported Sterling had a toe injury, despite that Roy Hodgson started him against Lithuania. The 20-year-old scored his first goal and assisted another for the national side as they beat Lithuania 4-0.