Redknapp: Raheem Sterling should follow the example set by Spurs duo

Harry Redknapp feels Liverpool star Raheem Sterling should stay with the Reds.

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has written in his blog for The Sun that Liverpool star Raheem Sterling should forget the money and sign a new deal on Merseyside.

The 20-year-old winger has made the headlines in recent weeks after it became apparent he is unwilling to sign a new £100,000-a-week contract, the BBC reports.

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, Sterling stated that money is not an issue and instead he was more concerned with the club’s direction and the possibility of winning silverware.

Over the past few days, The Sun have credited a number of top teams including Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal as potential suitors.

Redknapp, however, feels Sterling should show some loyalty, citing Spurs duo Harry Kane and Andros Townsend as fellow top youngsters who have put fame and money aside to just concentrate on the job.

“No disrespect, but you look at what Sterling is being offered compared with the other brightest young talents in the country — Harry Kane or Andros Townsend,” he explained.

“They wouldn’t be earning anywhere near what he is on or being offered. Those guys are just getting on with it — and on probably a third of the money as well.

“To be offered £100,000 a week right now is incredible. So Sterling should show some loyalty to the fans, the club and the manager who have given him a fantastic opportunity and supported him so well.

“The boy should sign the fantastic contract on the table, keep his head down and get on with his job. I think he should stay there, do well for England, have a great Euros next summer — and after that it’s up to him.”

Aside from Kane and Townsend, Spurs have another youngster in Ryan Mason also earning international recognition as he won his first cap during last week’s 1-1 draw in Italy.

Mauricio Pochettino has begun a wonderful rebuild at White Hart Lane, giving youth players the chance to play regularly and more importantly keeping their feet firmly on the ground.

It remains to be seen what Sterling will elect to do, but it would surely be wise to prevent the current contract controversy overshadowing his fantastic potential as a player.

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