John Terry sticks up for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling
John Terry leaps to the defence of Raheem Sterling as the uncertainty over the Liverpool man's future continues
John Terry has leapt to the defence of Raheem Sterling as the furore surrounding the England youngster’s future at Liverpool continues.
Sterling is widely expected to leave the Merseyside club this summer after turning down the offer of a new contract at Anfield believed to be worth around £100,000 a week.
He’s got ambitions to play in the Champions League
Manchester City are thought to be the front-runners to sign the winger as Manuel Pellegrini looks to bolster his midfield options at Etihad Stadium.
Sterling has been heavily criticised for the way he has appeared to publicly seek a move away from Liverpool.
However, Chelsea captain Terry feels that Sterling should not be blamed for having high ambitions and wanting to play in the Champions League.
Terry told talkSPORT: “Raheem has taken a bit of stick recently, but I was really impressed by him.
“I didn’t realise how good he was until I played against him three or four times. He’s an exceptional player.
“At times he’s been unfairly treated this year with the press he’s got. He’s a young player and wants to play at the very top for the very best.
“He’s got ambitions to play in the Champions League and continue playing for his country.”
Speaking exclusively to The Sport Review this week, former Liverpool man Rob Jones claimed that a move to City would be more of a blow to Sterling than to the Reds.