Reports: Raheem Sterling wants to leave Liverpool
Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling does not plan to sign a new contract with the club and would like be sold this summer, according to multiple reports.
The Liverpool Echo reports Sterling told manager Brendan Rodgers before the May 10 match against Chelsea that he would like to leave the club this summer but Liverpool does not plan to sell the 20-year-old. The club hopes to convince Sterling to say, the Echo reports.
Sterling has two years left on his current contract and has been negotiating a new one since October. He reportedly rejected an offer that would have paid him £100,000 ($156,000) per week in March and said he would not negotiate further until the end of the season. His current deal reportedly pays him £35,000 ($55,000) per week. Sterling and Liverpool will begin negotiating again later this week, Sky Sports reports.
Sterling is upset with how his contract dispute has been covered by the English press and is also disappointed Liverpool will not be playing in the Champions League next season, according to The Guardian.
Sterling made his Liverpool debut in March 2012 at the age of 17 and made his first appearance with England's senior national team in November of that year, only weeks before his 18th birthday. He has scored 23 goals in 129 appearances for the Reds.
- Dan Gartland