Reports are claiming that Liverpool are no longer planning to hold contract talks with Raheem Sterling on Friday.
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The meeting, between Sterling and his agent – Aidy Ward – as well as Brendan Rodgers and Ian Ayre, was expected to take place later this week, with the aim of ending the recent media furore surrounding the young player.
However, the Daily Express believe that we now have other plans. This follows a foul-mouthed rant from Ward in the Evening Standard, in which he called former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher ‘a knob’ and insisted that his client wouldn’t sign a new deal even if he were offered £900,000-per-week.
“I don’t care about the PR of the club and the club situation. I don’t care,” he said. “He is definitely not signing. He’s not signing for £700, £800, £900 thousand a week. He is not signing.”
According to the Express, Ayre sees no point in holding a meeting when Ward’s view is so extremely removed from that of the club, who remain intent on blocking any potential move Sterling might make this summer.
They add that Manchester City and Chelsea remain the favourites for the player’s signature – as claimed by Ward during his interview – although he has since denied making the quotes attributed to him and is set to seek legal advice over the article.