Real Madrid monitoring Liverpool winger Sterling

Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has admitted that the club are monitoring the situation of Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, who recently rejected a new contract, the Guardian has reported.

Sterling turned down an offer reportedly worth £100,000 per week following lengthy negotiations between Liverpool, the player and his representatives. Talks will now resume at the end of the season, and despite his current deal still having two years left to run, Sterling’s long-term future has been a topic for considerable debate.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has previously insisted that the club will not sell Sterling in the summer, even if another of Europe’s elite clubs tables an offer. Sterling has occasionally been looked to by his colleagues for inspiration this season, scoring six Premier League goals and 10 in all competitions, while he netted his first England goal recently against Lithuania.

Former French international midfielder Zidane is currently in charge of Castilla, the European champions’ B-Team. He has eyes on many highly-rated young players from across Europe, and admits Sterling is one of them. “We know who Raheem Sterling is, and of course we are monitoring him as a player,” said Zidane.

“There are very few players in the world who can improve the Real Madrid squad, so it is going to make sense we monitor the progress of the best young players in the world. We monitored [Gareth] Bale for over a year, the same with Isco and also [Rapha

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