Liverpool teenager Raheem Sterling may have been waking up to reports today linking him with a move to Real Madrid - with the Daily Mirror deciding to make it their back page lead.
The Mirror's report states that Sterling has yet to be offered a new contract at Liverpool following his impressive form that saw him become a regular part of the first team at Anfield, and earn himself a call up into Roy Hodgson's England squad at the World Cup in Brazil.
Sterling is currently on a £30,000-a-week contract according to the article, with his deal set to run until 2017. There has been talk of him being rewarded with a new deal but Brendan Rodgers has been quoted in the past saying:
“When you reward young players too quickly – Raheem’s still only 19 – you give them too much too early and that will be their downfall. It’s a big problem because they lose their hunger.”
This stance is not a surprising one and it is essential that younger players keep their feet on the ground. The whole world knows about Sterling's talents.
He is Liverpool's top goalscorer this season and is a big part of the team - so naturally there will be the argument that better reflects his contribution to the side, that is comparable to the more senior players.
Personally, it's hard to see Liverpool not give Sterling a new deal in the near future. Whilst there are a few years to run on his contract yet there has been talk of several of the club's names regarding new contracts.
Liverpool will not want to let one of their stars of now, and the future, to leave the club before he's hit his peak years - and they especially won't want him to leave on the cheap.
It's only a matter of time, and right now it is hard to see Real Madrid making a move given the amount of attacking talent at their disposal - though not completely out of the question.
There is still a way to go in Sterling's development, and no doubt in negotiations over his next contract, there will probably be a pay rise. Liverpool fans needn't worry for now, there should still be more years of Raheem Sterling to come.
He will be given a new deal, but Liverpool aren't shying away from trying to keep their wages pretty low in comparison to other clubs at their level, and being pretty rigid when it comes to the wages of their youngsters.