Sterling should stay at Liverpool, insists Scholes

The England international confirmed on Tuesday that he has turned down a new €137,000-a-week deal at Anfield and admitted links with Arsenal were “flattering”


Paul Scholes has questioned Raheem Sterling’s motives after rejecting a new contract at Liverpool, insisting he should stay and continue to progress at Anfield.

The England international confirmed on Tuesday that he had rejected a €137,000-a-week offer to extend his current deal at Liverpool and admits he has been hurt by suggestions that he is a “money-grabber”.

Sterling admitted he was “flattered” to be linked with a move to Arsenal before reiterating his intention to shelve negotiations until the summer – but Scholes feels he would be better served staying put for now. 

“When it comes to his future, my view is that Raheem Sterling should stay at Liverpool,” he wrote in the Evening Standard.

“They have elevated him from the junior sides and he has a manager who has built a team around him. He plays every week. What more do you need at that age?

“Sterling is a good player. He can beat a man and on his day he looks impressive. But he doesn’t score enough goals, not yet anyway. You have to be careful when you time a move to one of the biggest clubs.

“Occasionally, these young players do not realise what a good thing they are on to when they know they are playing every week.”

Vietto: It would be a dream come true to play alongside Messi

The Villarreal ace has been linked with Real and Atletico Madrid – but he has hinted that he would prefer to join his fellow Argentine at Camp Nou

Luciano Vietto has admitted that it would be “a dream come true” to play alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

The Villarreal striker has been one of the revelations of the Spanish season, netting 12 goals in 26 appearances in the Primera Division.

The 21-year-old’s fine form has seen him linked with La Liga’s elite, with Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid all reportedly interested in the Argentine.

However, Vietto has strongly hinted that if it came down to a three-way choice, he would move to Camp Nou in order to link up with his compatriot.

“Everybody dreams of being able to play alongside Messi,” the young forward told Ole. “It would be a dream come true, of course …

“But, genuinely, the transfer speculation is something that I take in my stride. I’m just concentrating on Villarreal.

“I use all of these rumours as motivation to keep pushing myself to improve. I have no doubt that if I keep doing well everything will come in its own time.”

Vietto, though, admitted that swapping for Messi’s jersey has been the highlight of his season so far.

“It was something unique,” he added. “I had the chance to play against him and to get to know him off the pitch as well. 

“He is a wonderful person and he made a great gesture, which was giving me his shirt. 

“It’s a memory that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Mavuba: I could join Roma if Garcia stays

The pair won a Ligue 1 title and a Coupe de France during their time together at Lille, so the midfielder is eyeing a reunion with the under-pressure Giallorossi boss

Rio Mavuba has admitted that he could join Roma this summer – provided Rudi Garcia retains his job as coach.

Mavuba is currently plying his trade at Lille but has announced his intention to leave the Ligue 1 outfit when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The France international says he is open to joining Roma on a free transfer but conceded that the deal could hinge on whether Garcia, who is under pressure after a dreadful dip in form since the turn of the year, is allowed to stay at the Stadio Olimpico.

The pair won a Ligue 1 title and a Coupe de France during their time together in northern France and Mavuba is keen to be reunited with his former boss.

“It’s a little while since I’ve spoken with Garcia, even though we have the same agent [Pascal Boisseau],” the 31-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.

“Roma could be a possibility. It would certainly interest me.

“Garcia has a contact with Roma and we know that in football things move very fast. Neither I nor he know where we will be next year. 

“But if Garcia were to stay at Roma, it would be an interesting solution.

“We have already won things together at Lille so, in that sense, contact from Roma would be easier.”

Mavuba also believes that Garcia remains the right man to turn Roma’s season around, insisting that the Giallorossi can hold off Lazio in the battle for second place if they keep faith with the 51-year-old trainer.

“Things are not going as Garcia hoped,” he added. “But he’s one that gives a lot of confidence to his players. He speaks a lot and communicates a great deal.

“Sometimes things go against you but that’s part of the life of any coach, and if you want to win, you must take some risks.

“Now it’s more difficult, but they need to have faith in him and his staff. 

“They will finish well, ahead of Lazio in any case!”

Cabaye: I'll discuss my PSG future at the end of the season

The France international midfielder has failed to nail down a starting berth since joining the Ligue 1 champions last year but is just thinking about recovering from a knee injury

Yohan Cabaye insists that he will only think about his future at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, explaining that his only goal at the moment is getting himself back in peak physical condition.

The France international sustained a minor knee injury in the Ligue 1 leaders’ shock loss at Bordeaux on March 15 but is back in training ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash with third-placed Olympique de Marseille.

However, there are no guarantees that he will play even if he is fit, given that he has yet to nail down a regular berth in PSG’s midfield since arriving at the Parc des Princes from Newcastle in January 2014.

That has led to speculation linking him with a move away from the French capital, but Cabaye says he is solely concerned with playing a key role in his club’s quadruple bid.

“My future is only about getting back on the pitch,” the 29-year-old told RMC. “There are important matches to play and an exciting end to the season in store.

“We still have four competitions to play for. After that, there will be time to discuss things but, for now, my priority is to get back in shape. 

“Anyway, I have not lost sight of one of my main goals, which is Euro 2016. This will be important and we’ll see how it will unfold. 

“There are people working for me and I have full trust in them.

“But the important thing is to get back on the field in top condition.”

Two-time defending champions PSG currently sit one point clear of Olympique Lyonnais at the summit of Ligue 1, with Marseille a further point back in third.