Rodgers says Sterling would be 'foolish' to delay signing deal
Brendan Rodgers has told Raheem Sterling he would be foolish not to commit to a new long-term contract with Liverpool when he turns 18 next month.
The Liverpool winger becomes eligible to sign the first senior contract of his career on December 8th yet despite, or arguably because of, his progress this season the club have yet to make a formal offer to his representatives. Further negotiations between the Liverpool managing director, Ian Ayre, and Sterling’s representatives this week failed to conclude in an agreement, although the club are adamant a deal will be done to keep the England international at Anfield.
Sterling has started all but one of Liverpool’s 14 league games and earned his first England cap in the friendly defeat by Sweden. Rodgers admits the teenager has been “one of our leading players this season” and believes he should appreciate what is a rare position with a major club. “I think it is important for the club we sign our young talents but I think it is even more important for Raheem,” he said. “This is a club that is going to give young players an opportunity.
“He has played more games than he could have dreamed of this season. Liverpool . . . has given him the chance to become a full international player. So I would think if I am Raheem Sterling and his agents I would look to tie it up very quickly.”
The Liverpool manager added: “This contract won’t be the biggest contract of his life. But this is Liverpool Football Club. If you are 17 years of age and you are playing regularly you would be very foolish not to commit yourself very quickly. I am confident it is something that will be sorted out very soon.”