Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling has revealed that he will not travel with his club for the pre-season tour. Sterling had joined the Reds on the first day of their training on 7th July. Liverpool are scheduled to leave for Thailand on 25th July for their first pre-season tour. According to ESPN, the 20-year-old winger apparently has clarified this to manager Brendan Rodgers. Raheem Sterling transfer has been a topic of great speculation and it had created a great furore in the media since the conclusion of last season. Manchester City are believed to be the interested parties in acquiring the services of the £50 million rated English footballer.
The club reportedly expects the player to accompany them during the pre-season tour, if a third bid is not placed in between. Previously, Liverpool had rejeted tw offer from the Cityzens, one of £25 million, rising to £30 million with add-ons, and a second of £35 million, rising to £40 million. It is believed that the club values their star attacker at £50 million.
Raheem Sterling’s relationship with Liverpool deteriorated since April when he refused to sign a new contract extension. His present contract is valid untill 2017 which sees him earn £35,000-a-week contract. He wanted to move out of the club and accordingly informed the manager. Brendan Rodgers had initially claimed that the player will not be sold until 2017.
Manchester City are desperate to rope in the player and accordingly have placed two bids already which were rejected. A third bid is expected to made around this week and this time Liverpool might respond to their plea and sell the player.
Raheem Sterling had joined Liverpool in 2010 from Queens Park Rangers. He rose to prominence under Brendan Rodgers in the 2013/14 season. He played fantastic football along side Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge and helped his side to finish second. Unofortunately, his form took a dip in the previous season and was not upto the mark.