The Reds have rebuffed claims made earlier today that Raheem Sterling wants to leave Liverpool because he does not want to play for manager Brendan Rodgers, as Sky Sports report.
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Sky, who were the source of the original claim, seem to be sticking by their initial story – although they are now including our denial as part of the piece in question.
As we now know, Sterling missed training today after claiming he was unwell. He has also advised against his inclusion on our pre-season tour of the Far East, which is due to start on Sunday, as he feels the media spotlight surrounding him would make the trip difficult for the rest of the squad.
However, Sky claim that Rodgers used yesterday’s 25-minute meeting with the player to try and convince him to stay at the club. He reportedly told him that if he wanted more money then he was sure that a deal could be reached.
The story then continues…
“Sterling countered that by telling Rodgers that his concerns were not over money or the club itself, but rather that he did not want to play for the manager, something which Liverpool have now refuted.”
As is confirmed lower in the story, Manchester City have already had two offers for Sterling turned down, although it seems inevitable that a third bid – closer to our £50m valuation – will be on its way in the coming days.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds will tell Sterling that he must travel with the rest of the squad unless City meet their asking price this week. If that proves to be the case, then Sterling might have to fake a far more significant ailment in the near future…