Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he’s been in constant communication with Raheem Sterling over his Liverpool future, telling the youngster on multiple occasions that he will be going nowhere this summer.
According to the Daily Mirror, Rodgers has even invited Sterling to his house for talks over the player’s new contract, which remains unsigned after months of negotiations.
The pair also discussed Sterling’s general welfare following a number of high-profile incidents that hit the back pages, including the recent incident involving laughing gas (via The Guardian).
In quotes take by the Mirror, Rodgers said of the meetings: “We had a couple of good meetings. He came to my house and had a good chat on a personal level as well.
“It’s not just about the football side, it’s also about his welfare because he’s still young and he’s been through a lot in the last couple of years. We talked generically, and I think he’s in a good place at the moment.”
Liverpool’s owners are reportedly keen to avoid a repeat of the scenario that saw us lose Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer. The Mirror believes that FSG won’t consider a sale under any circumstances, even if the forward refuses to extend the two years left on his current contract.
Sterling has struggled for form since a high profile interview with the BBC in which he hinted at a possible summer move. However, Rodgers has warned him that he will receive the same treatment as any other Liverpool player if he attempts to force an exit.
“We’ve made that clear from the beginning and the owners are very much supportive of that,” added Rodgers. “Raheem won’t be going anywhere this summer, even if there’s not a deal agreed.
“I think he looks a lot more relaxed now than he has done for a while. He looks comfortable in himself again. We had a good chat and it was about making him comfortable as well. It’s not just football – it’s parenting, helping him and making sure everything is all right outside of his football.”
Asked about the possibility of a new deal, Rodgers concluded by saying: “We’re still pretty relaxed on it. The club will meet again with Raheem’s representatives and reinforce it (the message).”