Liverpool F.C. winger Raheem Sterling has revealed that he will not resume contract talks with the club until the end of the season.
Despite contrary reports, the England international, whose current £35,000-a-week deal will expire in the summer of 2017, has also insisted money is not the reason behind his decision to delay negotiations.
“I just want to focus on football and, when it gets to the end of the season, assess my position as a 20-year-old player playing in the Premier League,” said Sterling, who has reportedly been offered a new deal worth £100,000-a-week.
“I keep hearing I’ve rejected all sorts of contracts. Me, the club and my reps have spoken about it and put talks on hold until the end of the season, so it’s frustrating to hear the contract situation keep going on and on.
“I don’t want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old. I just want to be seen as a kid that loves to play football.
“Money is not everything in my life. I’ve got family, a daughter – these people mean everything to me.
“I think anyone around me can vouch for me that it has never been about money.
“It is about winning trophies throughout your career; I don’t talk about how many cars I will drive or how many houses I’ve got.
“It is flattering to get a huge contract [offer]. I just purely want to be the best I can be.
“I want to be seen as the one who wants to do best for the team and I don’t want the fans to think bad of me, to think I just want as much money for myself.
“It has been a bit much for me this season with everyone talking about it every minute.
“I just want to get through this season helping the club do the best we can do and hopefully at the end of the season be proud of what we have achieved.”
Sterling, 20, has tallied six goals and seven assists in 27 English Premier League appearances for Liverpool in 2014/15.
Danilo joins Real Madrid
Real Madrid C.F. have completed the signing of Brazil international right-back Danilo from F.C. Porto for €31.5 million.
Danilo, 23, has penned a six-year deal with the UEFA Champions League holders, and will officially join the club in July.
“Real Madrid and Porto have reached an agreement for the transfer of Danilo, who will join next season and be tied to the club until June 30, 2021,” read a statement on the club’s official website.