Raheem Sterling - I'm no money grabber
Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has hit back at claims that he is a "money grabber" as his contract dispute with the Anfield club rumbles on.
sundayworld.com revealed on Tuesday that Liverpool would not surrender to Sterling's transfer demands, in a story that has become a huge talking point in recent weeks.
Sunday World columnist John Aldridge is among those who have lambasted Sterling for reportedly rejecting a contract offer of £100,000-per-week, with the 20-year-old hitting back in an interview with the BBC.
"It's not about the money at all," stated Sterling. "It's never been about money.
"I talk about winning trophies throughout my career. That's all I talk about. I don't talk about how many cars I'm going to drive, how many houses I've got. I just purely want to be the best I can be."
"I don't want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old. I just want to be seen as a kid that loves to play football.
"I try to kill it off (the speculation), but I don't think the public can see it that way. I think they just see it as this 20-year-old boy being greedy.
"I just want to take the time to think about what I've achieved in my career so far, where I need to go and what I need to do to get better as a player."
Sterling said it was "quite flattering" to be linked with Arsenal ahead of Liverpool's game at Emirates Stadium this weekend, but he insists he is still committed to Liverpool.
"I try to just block everything out and do well," he added. "Next game is against Arsenal and I want to do my best. I won't be hiding. As I said, I'm just happy to be playing football."
Sterling still has more than two years to run on his current £35,000-a-week deal but talks have been put on hold until the summer.