Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling will not be leaving Liverpool in the summer, after confirming the interview the 20-year-old gave to the BBC was not authorised by the club.
Sterling gave an extended interview in which he confirmed he had turned down a contract offer worth £100,000 a week, whilst also insisting he was not a ‘money grabbing 20-year-old.’
The forward also said he was ‘flattered’ to be linked with a move to Arsenal, but Rodgers has said the Reds feel they have no need to sell in the summer.
“Liverpool are one of the superpowers of football and if the owners don’t want to sell, they don’t have to,” Rodgers said.
“Concentration should be on his football. If his ambition is to win trophies that’s aligned with what we do here. Arsenal is a fantastic club but this is Liverpool and it’s an honor to him to play here for these great supporters and he understands that.”
“There was no permission (for the interview) from us,” Rodgers added.
“He will learn we all make mistakes in life, especially when you are young. I think the kid has tried to put off all talk about contract and money. For now hopefully focus will be on football.
“Raheem has two and a half years left on his deal and he’s not going anywhere in the summer. He’s quite relaxed, as I am, and he just wants to focus on the rest of the season. The player he is today is because of the environment we’ve created here. He’s not going anywhere in the summer and we’ll focus on trying to make him the best player we can.”