Raheem Sterling guaranteed games at Liverpool, says Le Tissier

Raheem Sterling

The England winger is yet to sign a new contract at Anfield, but Matthew Le Tissier believes he is not guaranteed games at other clubs.

Matt Le Tissier has told Sky Sports that Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling should sing a new contract at the club because he is guaranteed game time.

The young winger is yet to sign an extension to his contract, which still has two years left to run, despite extensive and long-running negotiations between his advisors and the club.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has even come out recently and said that talks with the player are being postponed until the summer, according to the BBC, such is the impasse between the two parties.

That has led to increased speculation about Sterling’s future, with him being linked with moves to a number of Europe’s top teams. Le Tissier though doesn’t believe a move would prove the best for Sterling’s development, with a decreased number of games likely to hinder his progress.

"Is that [a move abroad] going to be best for his development? Possibly not,” said Le Tissier.

“At those clubs, there's a lot more pressure, a lot better players around him, and he may not play week in, week out. At Liverpool he will get that. He’s pretty much guaranteed of playing week in, week out.”

The former Southampton man also believes that the decision on whether to stay at Anfield rests solely with the player's desires for his career, or more accurately, whether he craves cash or playing time.

Le Tissier himself had a similar situation at Southampton during his playing days, deciding to stay with the club for his entire career despite offers to move elsewhere and feels that Liverpool is “probably the best place” for Sterling.

"I think this really boils down to what Raheem wants out of his career," he added.

"If he wants to go and make as much money as he possibly can, which I'm not going to criticise him for, if that's what he wants to do, then absolutely fine - then you'll see him going to one of the big boys abroad.”

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