Raheem Sterling has found an unlikely supporter following his contract dispute with Liverpool, after John Terry revealed he thinks the youngster has been treated harshly.
According to The Sun, the former England captain explained that he sympathises with the winger, and appeared to take a slight dig at the Reds in the process.
“At times he’s been unfairly treated this year with the press he’s got. He’s a young player and wants to play at the very top for the very best,” he said.
Terry’s comments come after The Sun also reported that Manchester City are preparing to make a third bid for the 20-year-old, having had a second bid that added up to £40m rejected by the Merseyside club, who want £50m for the former Queens Park Rangers trainee.
And while The Sun suggest that the Citizens are not prepared to meet Liverpool’s valuation, they are going to make a third bid.
Given the disruptive impact Sterling’s future seemed to have on the Reds’ form at the back end of last season, it is difficult to imagine that Brendan Rodgers will be too keen to keep the winger if City’s offer still falls only slightly short of Liverpool’s asking price.