Why Raheem Sterling deserves to decide own future if motivation is trophies

Raheem Sterling’s decision to turn down a lucrative contract offer from Liverpool has led to intense speculation regarding his future.

It has been a difficult few weeks for Liverpool. After embarking on a 13-game unbeaten run in the league, they have suffered defeats at the hands of top-four rivals Manchester United and Arsenal.

To make matters worse, their young star Raheem Sterling told the BBC in an exclusive interview, that he has decided to turn down a lucrative £100k-a-week contract offer.

Obviously this has led to intense speculation about his short and long-term futures, with the player reiterating that he wants to “win trophies” and his decision to reject the offer was down to ambition, not money.

Although the sceptics out there will have no sympathy with a footballer who has the nerve to turn down such a gigantic offer, a 20-year-old with high ambitions to make it to the top of his profession should be allowed to choose their own future, especially if their current employers are likely not to make it into Europe’s elite competition next season.

Let’s imagine for a minute that Sterling’s motivations are winning trophies and he not is just trying to secure an even bigger contract.

In this case, he has every right to decide his own future.

Sterling is obviously a hungry, driven young person who wants as much success as possible during his career and to do that, he must feature regularly at a club that is consistently challenging for honours and in the Champions League.

After selling their best player, Luis Suarez, to Barcelona last summer, Liverpool have gone backwards this term and face a major struggle to finish in the top four for the second season running.

The Reds failed to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League and failed to show any signs of being able to challenge for the Premier League title in the near future.

Although Sterling is yet to display his true potential on a consistent basis, he is undoubtedly one of the most talented young players on the continent and needs regular football in the most competitive European competition to flourish fully.

It means that if Sterling’s motivation for turning down the contract is down to ambition, he has every right to choose his own destiny.

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