Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Liverpool star Raheem Sterling is a top player, but he wants to concentrate on Saturday’s game against top 4 rivals Liverpool. 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. Sterling also admitted he is “flattered” to be linked with Arsenal.
“Sterling is a top player but I don’t want to get involved in that 48 hours before a game,” Wenger told the reporters.
“I have a big respect for Liverpool but I am focused on the game and producing the performances we have done recently.”
Sterling has been linked to a host of top European clubs including Manchester City, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but despite such rumors he wants to concentrate on his football. Sterling also said he would have signed a new contract last season for far less money.
“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.