Liverpool star Jordan Henderson has told the club keep hold of contract rebel Raheem Sterling, reports the Daily Mirror.
Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Real Madrid are all meant to be interested in the 20-year-old. This has come after England international turned down a £90,000 a week offer from the Reds to stay at Anfield beyond the two years he currently has on his contract. As such the Merseyside club may have to let him go this summer in order to get some kind of return on their prize asset.
Henderson is currently Liverpool vice-captain, and is expected by some to be named captain when club legend Steven Gerrard finally completes his move to LA Galaxy. He has implored his teammate to stay and help the side to achieve success next season.
The 24-year-old said: “He is a very mature young lad, he is level headed and knows what he wants. I hope he decides to stay at Liverpool. You have to keep your best players and, for me, Raheem is an outstanding player.
“Off the pitch everyone loves him, he is a great lad. He is getting a lot of criticism but I couldn’t fault his work ethic or the way he goes about his business – he hasn’t got an ego. He is a huge player for us and we need to keep him. I am a good friend of Raheem and we speak in private.”
With such huge interest in Sterling it is looking more and more unlikely that Henderson will get what he wants. However, there is still a small chance, with the club managing to keep Luis Suarez the summer before last when in a similar situation. Although the Uruguayan did go on to leave before this season.