Raheem Sterling is determined to come out swinging it seems. The youngster has gone on the offensive in this never-ending transfer saga by claiming that the breakdown of his relationship with manager Brendan Rodgers is the reason for him wanting to leave.
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So, nothing to do with the interest of Manchester City and a massive pay rise then…
But in another huge development to the story, Sterling would be happy to stay at the club if Rodgers was not the manager, as reported here by the Daily Mirror.
The situation regarding his future has now turned nasty, after Sterling refused to go on our pre-season tour and called in sick for training on Wednesday.
As the Mirror states, angry fans arrived at his house that same day to threaten him while he also received more than 3,000 abusive text and WhatsApp messages after his number was leaked online.
This is reportedly the third time that Sterling’s number has been uncovered and the player now believes that it’s being released by people at the club.
He also blames us for the public nature of his contract discussions. He thinks that Rodgers told the press that he didn’t want to go on tour and says this is the latest in a long-line of promises that the manager has broken.
Incredibly, the Mirror also claims that Sterling is unhappy about Rodgers’ actions during club photographs. He thinks the boss make a point of standing far away from him and that it’s all designed to make him look bad.
Where on earth do we start with digesting this one…
There’s fault on both sides, we surely can’t deny that at this stage, but Sterling sounds like he’s a small child that’s unhappy about his brother and sister getting more attention from his farther.
According to the Mirror, Manchester City have already had two bids turned down and a third one is imminent. Surely the sooner that we can get this over and done with once and for all, the better.