Sky Sports pundit Matthew Le Tissier has no objections to Liverpool contract-rebel Raheem Sterling leaving Anfield purely for money, but admits such a move would not be best for his career.
The Southampton legend said on Sky Sports’ Morning View: “If he wants to go and make as much money as he can – and I wouldn’t criticise him for that – then absolutely fine.
“That could mean he could go to one of the big boys abroad. Is that going to be the best for his development? Possibly not.”
Le Tissier was discussing the future of the Reds youngster on the back of the Daily Mail reporting that the winger will reject a new £180,000 per-week contract to remain at the club, with Arsenal the latest club linked to his services, this time in the Mirror.
Manchester City (via the Guardian) are also monitoring Sterling’s current situation with interest, and Le Tissier hasn’t hesitated in stating that if the England international does leave Anfield, it would be to earn more money – and not for his development as a footballer.
Sterling’s contract-demands are being met with mixed feelings – with former Reds forward John Barnes weighing in on the situation, telling talkSPORT that the attacker is not ready for a big-money move yet.
“Sterling is not ready for a move to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester City. He needs another two or three years at Liverpool. Then, if he decides he wants to move on, fine. He has to be very careful though,” Barnes said.
Sterling is rated as one of the best young players in the world, having won the Golden Boy award for 2014. This season, Sterling’s bagged 10 goals in all competitions, the same number he racked up in 2013/14 – when he almost helped Liverpool collect a maiden Premier League title.