Sturridge rejects Chelsea contract row rumour

Chelsea and England striker Daniel Sturridge has denied requesting a new contract and falling out with his club when a renewed deal was not forthcoming, according to ESPN.

Sturridge said: “Some of the stuff I’ve read about me asking for a contract is not true. I’ve not spoken to the club to ask for a new contract, or told them I’m unhappy.” There are two years left to run on Sturridge’s existing contract. Sturridge was part of the England side defeat by the Netherlands on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old joined Chelsea in 2009 after his Manchester City contract expired. Sturridge made 32 appearances for City, mostly as a substitute, and scored six goals. Prior to his time in Manchester, Sturridge was also on the books of first Aston Villa and then Coventry.

This season Sturridge has made 29 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring 11 times, one short of his season-highest tally which was recorded in the last campaign when for both Chelsea and Bolton Wanderers, where Sturridge was on loan between January and May, the twice-capped England international was on target on 12 occasions.

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