Rodgers slams Sterling’s agent after Arsenal defeat
The Raheem Sterling saga doesn’t seem to end, and Brendan Rodgers is not too happy with his agent. Speaking to media after Liverpool’s 4-1 defeat to Arsenal at Emirates, Brendan Rodgers accused Sterling and his agents in destabilising the squad ahead of such a crucial game.
“You are not a 20-year-old boy and you pick up the phone and ask to speak to the BBC,” said Rodgers. “You don’t do it. Him in particular. But, of course, if he is asked to do that by other parties then that is what he’ll do.
“In the modern game it’s something that would frustrate us all. It’s the market. In fairness to Raheem, I brought Raheem in from the youth team so I know the kid well and I know a big part of this is nothing to do with him. Kid who is focused on his football, works hard every single day, he just wants to play his football. The kid gives me everything every time he trains and plays. Loyalty is not something so prevalent in the modern game.”
Rodgers also confirmed once again Sterling won’t be leaving in the summer, and revealed he has been talking to him privately.
“I had a good chat with him and given my opinion on it,” said Rodgers. “The only thing I will say on Raheem’s situation is anyone can see through his football development, and financial, Liverpool Football Club is the best place for him.
“He has had the opportunity to play, which is key for a young player. It’s the model of Liverpool, the owners want to create world-class talent. He came in at 17 years of age, I deemed him worthy to come in and become a regular. In two and a half years he has proven that. He has played in a number of different positions, which has improved him tactically and technically.”
Earlier reports in Telegraph suggested Brendan Rodgers is ready to sell Raheem Sterling at a minimum of £50 million. Sterling will be demanding a five-year deal of £200,000 a week that would take the total cost of signing him in excess of £100m. It seems Liverpool are not ready to bow down to Sterling’s huge wage demands, and are willing to sell him for a high fee or force him to stay another year on his existing £35,000-a-week.
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