Liverpool FC hang Raheem Sterling out to dry after Friday meeting cancelled
Liverpool unhappy with comments made by Sterling’s agents regarding new contract
May 22nd, 2015
Raheem Sterling still has two years left on his existing Liverpool deal and the Merseyside club are keen to play things on their terms when it comes to the winger’s future.
Sterling has point-blanked refused to sign a new contract at Anfield, with his agent Aidy Ward allegedly making a series of aggressive remarks to the Evening Standard this week suggesting that his client wouldn’t be signing a deal at Liverpool whatever they were offering.
While Ward now claims he was misquoted by the London paper, the proposed Friday meeting between Sterling, his representatives and Liverpool FC was cancelled on Thursday.
England manager Roy Hodgson has been an interested onlooker and has expressed concern with how the matter is unfolding, with the former Liverpool manager hoping that Sterling isn’t judged too harshly.
“I worry for all these young players, to be honest,” Hodgson said. “They become stars very quickly and we should never forget we’re dealing with very young people. They burst on the scene at a young age, and at 19 they are bona fide internationals with tens of caps and coming up to 100 league games, but we cannot given them the experience of a Wayne Rooney or Steven Gerrard. Unfortunately we can’t put another seven or eight years’ experience of life on his shoulders.
“I hope that people don’t judge him too harshly, whatever he happens to do, because as a player and a character I find him spot-on. I trust him implicitly. I think he’s a very important player. And I really do sympathise with these players who have to live their lives under scrutiny – sometimes of their making, sometimes of other people’s making.”
Ward is seen as the bad guy in the whole affair by many, with the agent aggressively responding to the likes of Jamie Carragher who claim that Sterling is trying to hold the club to ransom.
“I don’t care about the PR of the club and the club situation,” Ward told the newspaper. “I don’t care. He is definitely not signing. He’s not signing for £700,000, £800,000, £900,000 a week. He is not signing. My job is to make sure I do the best with them [my clients]. If people say I am bad at my job, or they are badly advised it, does not matter.
“Carragher is a knob,” he allegedly said. “Everybody knows it. Any of the criticism from current pundits or ex-Liverpool players – none of those things matter to me. It is not relevant. I am not worried. Worried is making a decision not knowing what is going to happen. Every Premier League club will make a bid for him.”