Phil Neville Advises Liverpool Ace Raheem Sterling to Tell His Agent To “Shut Up”

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There have been rumours linking the youngster to Real Madrid…

Former Manchester United player Phil Neville believes that Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling should tell his advisors to shut up, reports the Telegraph.

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The 20-year-old has been linked to a move to Real Madrid after apparently rejecting a contract worth £70,000 a week. The former Everton captain thinks that the youngster should concentrate on his performances on the field.

Liverpool have been performing poorly the season and are languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League. Sterling started the campaign in good form, but that has dropped off as the months have worn on.

Now a BBC pundit, Neville believes that the England international is being distracted by the rumours surrounding his future at his current club.

“I keep saying I think Raheem Sterling is a brilliant talent, a wonderful player, but I think he needs to sit down with his agent and say ‘you do your job on the contract, I’ll do my job on the field’ because in football, it’s on the field where you’ve got to start doing your job,” he told BBC Radio Five Live.

He continued, “At such a young age, he’s got to be distracted [by the contract talks]. He’s come off a wonderful season last year, he played brilliantly at the World Cup and then he’s come back and all of a sudden there’s extra pressure on because he’s not being talked about for his footballing ability, he’s being talked about because of his contract situation and how much money he wants, how he’s turned down offers, how Real Madrid want him.

“These are things not being put out by Liverpool, not being put out by Sterling, but by his agent. If I was him, I would have a quiet word with my agent and say ‘Until I do my bit on the field, I’d shut up’.”

Sterling will be looking forward to playing against Arsenal on Sunday in what will be a big match for the Reds if they want to have any chance of qualifying for the Champions League through finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season.

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