Liverpool won’t be bought by the demands of Raheem Sterling and his advisors over a new contract, with the club prepared to play ‘poker’ over a new deal, reports the Daily Mail.
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According to reports, the Reds believe interest from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester United is a fairy-tale, and that if they were to slap a £50m price-tag on the youngster – no one would come knocking.
The Merseyside outfit consider such transfer speculation as all part of a plan by Sterling’s entourage in a bid to seal as much money as possible in a new bumper contract – yet the club are refusing to be fooled.
The winger is eyeing a wage of £140,000 per-week – close to the figure of Anfield legend Steven Gerrard – but this would not meet their wage structure, and more significantly, Liverpool do not consider the England international as worthy of such a high figure at this stage of his Reds career.
Boss Brendan Rodgers, nonetheless, told Sky Sports on Saturday that he was “quite relaxed” about the situation, and is in no rush to finalise a new deal given there are two years remaining on his current contract.
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