Jose Mourinho reveals what he’d do if he were in Brendan Rodgers’ shoes…
Never one to shy away from sticking his nose into other people’s business, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has become the latest is to have his say on the Raheem Sterling contract saga, declaring that he would sell the player.
Despite the fact that a strong majority of Liverpool fans are likely to be rolling their eyes at this news and putting it down to mind-games, the truth is that Brendan Rodgers could well value the opinion of his former mentor.
Mourinho is renowned as a no-nonsense kind of manager, who wouldn’t flinch at the prospect of ditching a key player if he stepped out of line.
He told reporters: “I don’t like players that don’t want to play for me and my club. My opinion is every player has a price.
“It doesn’t matter which player. If you ask me, for example, do I want Eden Hazard to leave Chelsea? No. If he wants to leave and doesn’t want to work with me, doesn’t want to play for Chelsea, does he have a price? I think he has.
“But I also understand the philosophy of managers and clubs who want to keep the players at any price. My philosophy is not better than that, it’s just mine.”
Now it’s time to see what kind of reputation Rodgers wants to make for himself.
As Goal.com reports, Sterling has recently rejected a new contract offer from Liverpool, believed to be in the region of £100,000-per-week. Rodgers has since come out and declared that the player is not for sale at any price, in an attempt to ward off interest from a number of potential suitors.
He also insisted ahead of the game with Arsenal that Sterling would play, despite the recent media furore surround him. He said: “He will play. If it was a different player I would maybe have something to think about.
“But with this kid, since he has come in, trained and worked with me, he has been phenomenal and I expect him to go there and perform at a high level.
“I think he is a strong character. He’s a young boy, still learning, on and off the field, but I don’t think there was anything derogatory to Liverpool. I know he loves the club and I expect him to perform at a high level.”