Rodgers warns Sterling: We won't sell you even if you don't sign contract
The England international forward has reportedly rejected new terms worth €135,000 per week but his manager insists that the Reds will not let him go for any price
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Raheem Sterling that he will not be sold this summer even if he rejects another contact offer.
The 20-year-old reportedly refused to sign a new deal worth €135,000 per week in October, insisting that he would only resume talks at the end of the campaign.
In April, Sterling was heavily criticised for giving an unauthorised interview in which he spoke at length about his future, but Rodgers insists that the England forward will not leave Anfield under any circumstances.
“Raheem won’t be going anywhere this summer, even if there’s not a deal agreed. We’ve made that clear from the beginning,” the Liverpool manager told reporters.
“I think Raheem looks a lot more relaxed now than he has done for a while. We had a couple of good meetings. He came to the house and had a good chat on a personal level as well.
“It’s not just about the football side, it’s also about his welfare because he’s still young and he’s been through a lot in the last couple of years so I talked to him generally and I think he’s in a good place at the moment.
“The club will meet up again with Raheem’s representatives and we’ll reinforce [the message]. Look, everyone wants to win trophies, everyone wants to play in the big competitions but it’s also important that you have the opportunity to do that so we’ll just be reinforcing our stance that’s been in place all the way along — that this is the best club for him at this moment.”