Wilkins claims Sterling is right to wait for contract talks

But there is no better place for the Liverpool man to develop than at Anfield says the former midfielder.

Newspaper reports that Raheem Sterling is refusing to discuss a new contract until the end of the season have led fans and pundits to debate the outstanding winger's future, with many have lots to say on the matter. But in former Chelsea and QPR player Ray Wilkins, Sterling appears to have found someone who isn't too quick to criticise the England international, with the 58-year-old defending the Liverpool man on Talksport.

“Raheem Sterling is not breaking any contract and it’s his right to wait until the end of the season,” Wilkins told Talksport.

“He should keep his options open, there’s no two ways about it. His talent is Champions League level and I know he’s playing wing-back at the moment for Liverpool and that doesn’t suit him at all."

Despite the former Chelsea and Manchester United favourite defending Sterling's position to bide his time before signing a new deal at Anfield, Wilkins went on to say that the 20-year-old is in the perfect place to flourish, and that in playing under Brendan Rodgers, he has the ideal manager to help him develop.

“In this period of Raheem’s education, as far as football is concerned, Liverpool is the perfect place for him to be," claimed the England legend.

Questioning why Sterling, who scored his first England goal in the 4-0 win over Lithuania on Friday, may be reluctant to discuss the contract until the end of the season, Wilkins suggested a couple of possible ideas, while ruling out any financial reason.

“[The delay] can’t be for finance, he’s only a young man," he added. "They’ve offered him a very good contract and he should stay. Perhaps the longevity of the contract might be the stumbling block. They might want to keep him for six or seven years and he might only want a couple of years and see where he goes from there.”

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