Sterling would be foolish not to sign Liverpool contract, says Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has issued a stark warning to Raheem Sterling as the England winger mulls over a contract offer that is said to be substantially less than he was angling for, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Liverpool have offered Sterling a deal within their existing pay structure, which calls for young first team players such as the 17-year-old to earn £20,000 per week. But with Sterling have made a meteoric rise from the Liverpool youth team to the senior England team, the player is understood to want a contract that reflects as much.

Sterling turns 18 a week on Saturday and cannot sign full professional terms until then but as the parties head for a stalemate, the Mirror suggests the saga will run long past Sterling’s birthday.

Rodgers, however, is confident an agreement will eventually be reached but said in no uncertain terms that he believes Sterling’s future will be best served by staying with his current club.

The manager added that Sterling does not need to chase the big money at his age, adding: “This is Liverpool Football Club. If you are 17 years of age and you are playing regularly you would be very foolish not to commit yourself very quickly.

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