Paul Scholes backs Liverpool to hang on to Raheem Sterling beyond the end of the season…
We don’t often receive messages of support from former Manchester United players, let alone Paul Scholes, who’s not won himself many more friends since ending his playing career and going into punditry.
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However, the flame-haired midfielder has surprisingly backed our stance over the ongoing Raheem Sterling contract dilemma, claiming that the player would be mad not to stay put at Anfield this summer.
As the Daily Mirror reports, the 20-year-old has already turned down an offer of £100,000-per-week to extend his deal beyond it’s expiry date of 2017, a contract which would have almost trebled his current wage packet of 35k.
Speaking earlier today, Scholes agreed that the England international risks showing a lack of loyalty by not agreeing to stay, after Brendan Rodgers and co have stood by him and massively helped his development.
Sterling recently reputed claims that he was ‘money-grabbing’ and suggested that he only wants to be ‘the best I can be’ in a lengthy interview with the BBC, but Scholes seemingly disagrees.
He said: “My view is that Raheem Sterling should stay at Liverpool. 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 that they will be playing every week.”