Arsenal transfers: Raheem Sterling won’t leave, says Liverpool manager
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is adamant that Raheem Sterling is staying at the Merseyside outfit
Brendan Rodgers is adamant that Arsenal target Raheem Sterling won’t be leaving Liverpool in the summer transfer window.
The England international has been heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal in recent weeks amid reports of a potential deal which could see Theo Walcott head to Anfield.
I think he’s in a good place at the moment
Sterling has been one of Liverpool’s most consistent performers in a disappointing season for the Reds following Luis Suarez’s transfer to Barcelona last July.
But Reds manager Rodgers insisted the club and player are relaxed about the situation, adding that Sterling won’t be going anywhere even if the two parties don’t agree a deal in the summer.
“Raheem won’t be going anywhere this summer, even if there’s not a deal agreed. We’ve made that clear from the beginning,” Rodgers told his pre-match media conference.
“I think Raheem looks a lot more relaxed now than he has done for a while. We had a couple of good meetings. He came to the house and had a good chat on a personal level as well.
“It’s not just about the football side, it’s also about his welfare because he’s still young and he’s been through a lot in the last couple of years so I talked to him generally and I think he’s in a good place at the moment.”
Sterling has scored seven goals and has made seven assists in 31 Premier League games, although the Reds forward netted more top-flight strikes last season.
The Reds are facing the prospect of a season without Champions League football unless Brendan Rodgers’ side can catch Manchester United with four games remaining.