Liverpool reject Manchester United’s approach for Raheem Sterling & Thierry Henry speaks out [Mirror]

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The Reds have reportedly rejected an approach from Manchester United for wantaway forward Raheem Sterling.

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Sterling is attracting a whole host of interest from clubs across England and Europe, despite our insistence that the player is not for sale under any circumstances.

According to the Daily Mirror, we have been quick to inform United that they have no chance of signing the player this summer, although that is unlikely to deter interest from Louis van Gaal.

No player has moved directly between the two clubs since 1964, when Phil Chisnall joined Liverpool.

However, our hand may be forced this coming Friday, when Sterling and his representatives – led by Aidy Ward – meet with Brendan Rodgers and Ian Ayre. Sterling is expected to confirm his desire to leave, which could spark a bidding war for the 20-year-old star.

Meanwhile, former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry has given his seal of approval to any possible move from his old club. The Frenchman, who was also quoted by the Mirror, said he’d be ‘more than happy’ to see a deal happen.

“There is one thing I’d say about Raheem Sterling. We all know he’s a Londoner. The way Arsene (Wenger) was talking yesterday indicates he wants him. But there’s something I want to say about the lad,” he said.

“I think we all know that he’s receiving some bad advice. You can’t go out there and talk about your contract in the press. I think that you have to respect your fans, respect the club that you play for.

“And if you want to leave Liverpool or not, then when you have to make the announcement of leaving or staying, then do it – don’t discuss your stuff in the paper.

“And I went through the same thing. When I was young I had a problem with Real Madrid and Monaco. Some guys who were around me were putting stuff in my head. I lost my football, mentally I wasn’t there any more, I wasn’t concentrating on anything.

“And therefore it looked like I was going to have a good career and then people were questioning me when I hadn’t even started my career. Same thing with Raheem Sterling.

“You can blame the agent, the advisor, but you need to be a man about it also and say ‘Enough, you’re destroying my life, you’re destroying my career’. He’s a great product for Liverpool and he’s going to be a great product for England.

“I will be more than happy to see him play for Arsenal but he is still a Liverpool player.”

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