Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has told the BBC that he is flattered to have Arsenal interested in his services.
The England international’s future at Liverpool has generated plenty of speculation in recent weeks due to his reluctance to sign a new deal.
Sterling’s current contract with the Merseyside outfit runs out in June 2017, and the club are keen on tying him down to fresh terms.
However, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers recently told BBC Sport that negotiations over an extension will start only in the summer.
Last month, The Mirror reported that Arsenal are interested in signing Sterling in the summer, and now the player himself has admitted that he is flattered by their interest.
“Yeah definitely it’s quite flattering, but I just try to block everything out in my head and just keep playing football and doing well in my next game,” Sterling told the BBC when asked about Arsenal’s reported interest.
“Next game is against Arsenal and I’ll be trying to do my best against them, I won’t hide anything about that. I’m just happy to be playing football.”
Sterling’s comments about being flattered by Arsenal will not go down well with the Liverpool fans, but what else could he say?
Interest from one of the biggest clubs in the world - Arsenal - is surely flattering for any player, and Sterling is no different.
Moreover, the 20-year-old makes it clear that he is focused on Liverpool for the foreseeable future.