Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stressed that he expects to see Raheem Sterling remain at Anfield for the foreseeable future, despite reports that winger has no plans to sign a new deal at the club.
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Sterling’s future at the club is in doubt after it was revealed via Sky Sports on Monday night that he wanted to leave the club in the summer in order to win silverware elsewhere.
Liverpool responded to those stories by insisting the 20-year-old won’t be sold in the next transfer window, which in turn brought out alleged comments from the player’s agent Aidy Ward in the Evening Standard, which claimed that his client will refuse any offer of a contract extension.
The saga then took a twist as the Merseyside outfit cancelled scheduled talks with the player’s representatives on Friday afternoon, leaving many in the dark as to where the England international will be playing his football next season.
Sterling has two years remaining on his deal at Anfield which Rodgers expects the youngster to honour and remains hopeful that the two parties can resume talks once the season is over:
“Raheem, whether there are talks or no talks, has two years left and I expect him to see that through.” The Northern Irishman said at his pre-match press conference.
“I’m sure talks will take place over the summer.”
“I don’t see Raheem as being unhappy. He’s a young boy who’s developed well over the last three seasons and we hope that development will continue here.” he added.
The Reds last game of the season is a visit to the Britannia Stadium against Stoke City as they look for a positive result to ensure they finish fifth in the league and qualify for the Europa League.