Whilst not enjoying as strong a season as last term, 20-year-old Sterling has still been Liverpool’s standout player this term, and John Aldridge has told AS that he wants to see the youngster stay with the Reds.
Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to make a formal offer for Sterling in the summer transfer window, as per the Telegraph, and a move for the youngster certainly fulfils their flavour of the month transfer policy. At his young age, there are still plenty of years left to develop, and Los Blancos must see the England international as a long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Regardless of Sterling’s impressive form and incredible potential, a move to Madrid at this early stage of his career seems unlikely. He has only really shown off the player he could turn into in a season-and-a-half of professional football, and there is a long way to go yet before he truly shows himself as one of the world’s best.
Should his upward trajectory continue, a move in a few years is much more likely, but Reds favourite John Aldridge hopes that he stays at Anfield forever.
Speaking to Spanish media outlet AS, Aldridge said: “I've read [the rumours], but now every time there is a good player, they say that Real Madrid wants him. We'll see what happens.
“Perhaps over the years he can get to that level, but I hope he will always stay here.”
Sterling has long been compared to both Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, with suggestions that he could go on to reach their incredible level. Aldridge has also weighed in on this argument, suggesting that it will be hard for Sterling to reach their scoring level, although he has no doubt he will be a quality player.
Asked whether he can emulate Ronaldo or Messi, Aldridge replied: “I do not think as a scorer, but he is only 19 (sic) years. It would be unfair to say that he cannot reach those levels. He has the quality to be an excellent player.”