Rodgers "relaxed" about new Sterling deal

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rodgers hopes for new Sterling contract
Rodgers hopes for new Sterling contract

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted he is not concerned by reports linking Raheem Sterling with a move away from Anfield, as talks stall on a new contract for the 20-year-old star.

Sterling has been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in recent days, but Rodgers is convinced his starlet is happy at Liverpool.

"There is nothing new to report on it. I am quite relaxed about Raheem's situation," said Rodgers.

"He is not going anywhere in a hurry - he has still got this season and another couple of years to go on his contract.

"I think it is quite obvious when you look at Raheem's situation anyone with Raheem's best interests would see Liverpool as the best option for his career.

"He turned 20 in December and he has made 114 appearances, which is a remarkable amount at a club of this size to be given that opportunity.

"He has made it clear himself that he loves being here and I think he was quoted as saying this is the best place for any young player to develop, so that makes me quite relaxed.

"I am sure the club and his representatives will find the solution for that."

Rodgers has previously suggested the club would not be held to ransom by Sterling's agent and said the contract offer they had made was more than fair for a player of the England international's age and potential.

Asked why he thought a deal had not been agreed yet, the manager said: "I'm not sure. It is not in my area really.

"I speak to Raheem about his football and concentrate on his football and see what goes from there."