Stamford Bridge and Etihad Stadium sides ready to pounce should Anfield winger elect to not sign new deal.
Brendan Rodgers has told Raheem Sterling he would be foolish not to commit to a new long-term contract with Liverpool when he turns 18 next month.
The Liverpool winger becomes eligible to sign the first senior contract of his career on 8 December but despite, or arguably because of, his progress this season the club have yet to make a formal offer to his representatives.
Further negotiations between the Liverpool managing director, Ian Ayre, and Sterling’s representatives this week failed to end in an agreement on his future, although the club are adamant a deal will be done to keep the England international at Anfield and disappoint the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, who are monitoring the situation.
Liverpool will not want to see young talent Raheem Sterling snapped up by either Chelsea or Man City but as long as a new contract is in front of the England man and has not been signed then the Anfield faithful will be concerned that the teenager could be whisked away.
As long as the Merseyside club continue to be some way off a Champions League berth there will be a very good chance that their top talents will be snapped up and in many ways Liverpool have done well to keep hold of the likes of Pepe Reina, Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard over the past few lean years and Brendan Rodgers may look to reverse the slide down the table in order to make it easier to keep the club’s top performers.
Rodgers has shown great faith in the 17 year old, offering him a sustained run in the first team and Sterling has rewarded the Northern Irishman with a consistent level of form that has led to an England call-up.
Sterling did reveal on his Twitter account that he would sign a new Liverpool deal when he turned 18 but then, for whatever reason, deleted the tweet.
This merely led to more speculation about the starlet’s future and any move to allay such fears will be gratefully received by a Liverpool fanbase who have been mightily impressed by his early displays for the club.
Both Chelsea and Man City have begun to adopt more youthful transfer policies with the West London side bringing in six players over the summer all of whom are aged 23 and under, with Eden Hazard and Oscar already making an impact.
Roberto Mancini saw a reduced level of spending during the summer transfer window and opted to bring in young British talents Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair but has rarely used them thus far.
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