Liverpool’s young midfielder Raheem Sterling is reportedly stalling over signing a new contract with the Merseyside club.
The 19-year-old is currently on £30,000 a week and with the likes of Luke Shaw on £90,000, Sterling’s representatives are bound to be looking for a huge increase on the young star’s weekly wage.
The England international is now pivotal to both Liverpool and his national team and there had been speculation in the summer that Real Madrid were looking at the talented teenager.
Liverpool are reportedly reluctant to reward young players with too much money too soon in their careers, something manager Brendan Rodgers spoke about in August.
“When you reward young players too quickly – Raheem’s still only 19 – you give them too much too early and that will be their downfall.
“There’s no doubt he is at a good level, but English players get rewarded too quickly here – that’s what ends up killing them. We must keep the kids in this country incentivised.
“It’s a big problem because they lose their hunger. You see them buying new Range Rovers before they’ve even passed their driving test. Young players get carried away and then wonder why their careers fall away.”
Many have been critical of the £90,000 weekly contract that fellow 19-year-old Luke Shaw is earning at Manchester United, despite the young full back failing to establish himself at the club.
This morning on Twitter, Jamie Carragher criticized the 19-year-old’s agent for feeding stories to the press:
“Message to Raheem Sterling agent, shut up feeding stories about his contract.”
Sterling has currently over two years remaining on his current deal and they will hope that their young star’s contract situation can be resolved as soon as possible.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.
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