Besides from the fact the next transfer window is three months away, there are plenty of things wrong with the idea that one of Liverpool’s best players could be lured into a move to the Bernabeu.
Firstly, there’s his relationship with Brendan Rodgers to consider.
Rodgers is directly responsible for Sterling’s development to the point where he’s become one of the club’s most important players.
Rodgers is also extremely skilled in terms of how he protects his younger players. It would be easy for Rodgers to overplay Sterling but he’s got the measure of using him and resting him correct.
Would he enjoy a similar relationship with former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti? It’s doubtful.
The speculation seems to have been created due to Sterling’s apparent desire for a new contract at Anfield with higher wages.
There are two reasons why that’s not a problem for the Reds; his current deal doesn’t expire until 2018 or they don’t see his renewal as an issue.
The length of his current deal removes the time pressure on the club to reward Sterling with a re-structured deal for the threat of having to sell him.
Rodgers and Ian Ayre may have already assured him that he’ll get a new offer at some point, maybe at the end of the season and therefore they don’t see it as a problematic issue.
It’s also important to consider the thoughts and motives of the player.
Sterling has never shown any indication that he wants to leave Liverpool and why would he?
He’s settled and an important member of the first team, learning from more experienced professionals around him.
The lure of playing with Crisitiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale is quite obvious but those are two players who could easily keep him out of the Real Madrid side.
Rubbish Rating: It’s a good and exciting story, and an annoying one for Liverpool fans, but it’s unlikely to happen while Liverpool hold all of the aces.