Raheem Sterling’s move to Manchester City from Liverpool last summer courted some considerable controversy. Since then the 20-year-old’s agent has kept shtum but today Aidy Ward has been quoted on the subject.
In an in-depth interview with the Mail Online, Ward puts forward his side of the story, stating that his client could have stayed put in Liverpool.
“Raheem could’ve stayed, he should be at Liverpool. I think for me it was like he was being told to be a good boy and sign a contract. In December I spoke to Liverpool and said we’ll sign a contract if there is a buy-out clause – those clauses are now common practice. They said no to that.
“Then there was an underhandedness, there were sly remarks. In press conferences, Brendan told everyone Raheem would sign – why do that? I knew, Brendan knew and Liverpool knew there was an issue. Right now he probably should be a Liverpool player, but he’s not and he’s in a great place at City.”
Comments such as these are not likely to go down well with very many Liverpool fans, some of whom felt the whole contract situation could have been approached differently.
At such a young age, there was also a worry that the move would be detrimental to the England international’s development as a player. However, Sterling’s price-tag alone indicates he is to become a focal point of the first team for years to come, and that’s without mentioning his appearances in all but one top flight game so far this season.
Ward’s comments are likely to irritate Liverpool well-wishers across the globe, but one Liverpool legend in particular has taken exception to Sterling’s agent’s remarks today.
That Aidy Ward doesn’t half talk some garbage. Time to zip it mate. Worry about City now not Liverpool anymore. The bridge is burnt.
— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) October 20, 2015
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena