Raheem Sterling is to reject a contract worth £180,000 per week, the Daily Mail reports, throwing into doubt the England international’s long-term Liverpool future.
The 20-year-old is said to be in no hurry to discuss terms with the Reds as his current deal isn’t due to expire until the summer of 2017. Liverpool have attempted to tie down Sterling to a long-term deal but Sterling is understood to be happy to wait, amid growing concerns over his role in the team under Brendan Rodgers.
Sterling has in past games been used as a wing-back in Rodgers’ 3-4-3 formation but would rather be utilised in an out-and-out forward role, the Mail claim. It’s felt that as Sterling’s complaint isn’t the size of the contract being put forward but rather a football issue, it will be more difficult for Liverpool to reach an agreement with the former Queens Park Rangers starlet.
Talks throughout the season have not proved fruitful while Sterling, who will not be involved in England’s mid-week friendly trip to Italy due to a toe injury having featured and scored in Friday’s 4-0 win over Lithuania, has made 45 appearances for his club so far this season, scoring 10 goals. He has in total played 120 times for the Merseyside outfit, scoring 22 times since making his debut in March 2012.
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