Liverpool yet to make formal contract offer to Sterling

Liverpool have yet to make a formal contract offer to winger Raheem Sterling with little over a week before the England international turns 18 and becomes eligible for full professional terms, the Guardian has reported.

Sterling will be 18 on December 8 and can on that date sign a professional contract but, despite talks between the player’s representatives and Ian Ayre, the Liverpool managing director, the club is yet to offer terms to Sterling. Liverpool are said to be confident Sterling sees his long-term future at Anfield but Manchester City and Chelsea are also following proceedings, the Guardian adds.

Rafael Benitez, the interim Chelsea manager, was in charge at Liverpool when Sterling was signed from Queens Park Rangers for £500,000 in May 2010, and the contract the 17-year-old agreed then is the one to which he is still signed today. That is despite breaking into the first team under Brendan Rodgers and making his England U-21 and senior debuts this season.

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