Liverpool winger Sterling puts contract talks on hold

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has cast some doubt on his long-term future at the club by postponing talks over a new contract until the summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The England international had appeared close to agreeing to extend his stay at Anfield and sign a more lucrative deal, with manager Brendan Rodgers having suggested towards the end of January that an agreement was close. Negotiations have now been ongoing for several months.

Sterling has reportedly made the decision delay the talks in order to concentrate on helping the club qualify for the Champions League and win the FA Cup, in which they must travel to Blackburn Rovers for a quarter-final replay in early April. His current deal of £35,000 per week expires in the summer of 2017.

The Reds are desperate to hang on to Sterling, so are likely to be concerned by this development, which could see interest from Europe’s top clubs increase. Real Madrid have long been said to be keen on the 20-year-old, while Bayern Munich have also been linked.

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