LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Arsenal push to sign Raheem Sterling in the transfer window has been dealt a blow as Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisting that his star man is going no where in this summer.
In an interview with the BBC earlier this week, Sterling confirmed that he snubbed a £100,000-a-week deal from Liverpool, but insisted his decision was not base on money.
The Likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Real Madrid are said to be very interested in prizing the winger from Anfield in the summer transfer window, but a relaxed Rodgers is confident the England international’s future is with Liverpool.
The Reds boss is also confident that the 20-year-old, who still has two and a half years left on his current contract, will not leave the club this summer.
“He’s got two and a half years left on his contract and he is not going anywhere,” said Rodgers in the Daily Express.
“Liverpool is one of the super-powers. The owners have shown that if they don’t want to sell, they won’t sell.
“If any player ever left Raheem or any other, it would be on the terms of the club.”
Rodgers added: “He said his ambition is to win trophies and be successful and that’s perfectly aligned with what we want to do.
“This is Liverpool, one of great clubs in footballworld and it’s an honour for him to be playing here.
“He understands that.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that Sterling is a one of the top players at the moment, but refused to discuss any transfer moves for him,” the Arsenal boss ahead this weekend’s clash.
“Raheem Sterling is a top player, everybody in the country knows that now. He is a very important player for Liverpool of course.
“I do not want to speak about any move. We are not in a transfer period, we are in front of a big game.
“I respect Liverpool and I do not want to go into any supposed move for any of their players.
“I don’t want to interfere in (reports over contract negotiations), especially 48 hours before the game. That’s down to Liverpool, it is not my problem.”
Liverpool are sitting fifth in the English Premier League table standings with 54 points, five away from fourth place Manchester United after 30 games.
They will face third place Arsenal in Saturday’s next fixture.