Liverpool transfers: I have no fears over Sterling’s future, says Rodgers
Liverpool transfers: Reds boss Brendan Rodgers says he expects Raheem Sterling to sign a new long-term deal at Anfield
Brendan Rodgers has played down concerns over Raheem Sterling’s future at Liverpool, with the Reds boss insisting the winger will sign a new deal at Anfield.
The 18-year-old has started the Reds’ last 14 Premier League games, scoring against Wigan Athletic, after making his first-team debut against the Latics in March.
Sterling, who was signed from Queens Park Rangers in 2009, is currently negotiating with Liverpool over a new long-term deal, and Rodgers is confident the matter will be settled in the near future.
“I don’t want the club or the kid being affected by over-the-odds demands,” Rodgers told the Telegraph.
“I think there’s a value I see in a young player that hasn’t achieved anything. All the figures that get bandied about for kids these days can destroy them.
“I’m in the business of trying to help nurture these kids, and money distorts the reality. It’s just one of these things that will get done. I’m confident that it will do.
“There’s still 18 months left [on his current deal]. He’s a young kid and we just want to make sure that everything’s right for him to be nurtured.
“With young players contracts get handed out left, right and centre to a kid who’s not done anything, getting a four-year deal on decent money, and then clubs wonder why in two or three years it’s gone wrong.
“It’s gone wrong because you’ve taken away his hunger.”
Rodgers added: “There’s good conversations so there’s no worry or concern. It will be resolved.”