Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed his belief that England starlet Raheem Sterling will sign a new contract tying him down for the long-term at Anfield.
The 17-year-old has emerged this season as one of the Reds’ brightest prospects and his performances have earned him the praise and expectation of the country.
The tricky winger still has 18 months left on his current contract but the Reds’ boss is keen to seal the deal for his future, which the youngster is expected to commit to the club.
"We want him to continue to grow," said Rodgers. "Why would you want to leave one of the biggest clubs in world football? So it's a no brainer."
Sterling is now regarded as one of England’s most exciting prospects for the future and could potentially make a lucrative move to another club in the coming two years but the former-QPR youngster is understood to be happy at the Merseyside club and intends to stay put.
His boss continued,
"He has been given an opportunity here this season and he is thriving on it and enjoying the work. He is so bright and so sharp and what I like now is that you are seeing that little bit of arrogance with the ball.”
The young man earned his England debut this year after England coach Roy Hodsgon cited Sterling’s rise to the top as “meteoric” and he is clearly thriving under the glare of the country’s attention.
“He knows he has a lot to learn and a lot to improve on, but you see him and Luis Suarez combining better in each game and that is a tribute to them and how hard they are working on the training ground.”
Arsenal have recently been linked with a move for the attacker – sources even suggest, perhaps prematurely and preposterously, that a deal could be worked which would see Theo Walcott move in the opposite direction.
But his manager is confident Sterling will stay put and outlined his intention of getting the best out of his future star-player.
"If you play as a front player your job is simple: it is either to score goals or create goals and then you function defensively.
The kid has been brilliant. We just have to nurture that."
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