Arguably one of the most naturally gifted Premier League players of all time, Matt Le Tissier has stated Raheem Sterling‘s future on Merseyside is down to whether the Liverpool star wants fame or fortune.
Sterling’s current contract has two years remaining and talks are still on hold as the 20-year-old attacker is pondering over his future.
Reports from the Daily Mail suggest he is prepared to turn down a £180,000-a-week deal due to his frustration of not being guaranteed game time in his favoured forward positions as he has been used as a full-back on numerous occasions this year.Embed from Getty Images
Le Tissier, speaking on Sky Sports HQ Morning View, thinks Sterling is best placed at Liverpool for his development, rather than looking to earn big money in a possible move abroad.
“I think this really boils down to what Raheem wants out of his career,” the Southampton legend said.
“If he wants to go and make as much money as he possibly can, which I’m not going to criticise him for, if that’s what he wants to do, then absolutely fine – then you’ll see him going to one of the big boys abroad.
“Is that going to be best for his development? Possibly not.”
Le Tissier, who spent his entire career at Southampton, has highlighted that playing time is the most important thing for Sterling and it isn’t guaranteed by playing at some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
“At those clubs, there’s a lot more pressure, a lot better players around him, and he may not play week in, week out.Embed from Getty Images
“Whereas at Liverpool, he will get that. He’s pretty much guaranteed – unless Brendan Rodgers is going to rest him – of playing week in, week out. And it is a brilliant football club to be at.”
The England international has unsurprisingly attracted interest from the biggest clubs around Europe after another impressive season, featuring in 28 Premier League games and scoring six so far this campaign.
Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with moves for Sterling over the past few months, and will be keeping a close eye on his contract discussions with the Reds.
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