Raheem Sterling: Liverpool Will Lose The Player They ‘Mined’ At QPR
THE Sun has an “EXCLUSIVE” to quicken the hearts of Liverpool FC Fans: “LIVERPOOL are finally ready to open contract talks with Raheem Sterling.”
Yeah, finally! The 19-year-old player with three years left to run on his current contract is finally going to have his future sorted out.
…the club have indicated they are prepared to start discussions with the star’s representatives in the next month.
The story is that maybe Liverpool will begin talking with Sterling’s hungry people about improved rates of pay.
Fresh terms should push Sterling past the £100,000-a-week mark — more than trebling the deal he signed two years ago.
They should? Why? Well, the story goes that Sterling has caught the eye of plucky Real Madrid. And all Real need to is danger a massive wad of cash below Sterling’s nose and he will be warming a Spanish bench soon enough.
Does money matter that much?
In December 2012, Sterling was earning £2,000 a week. A new deal with Liverpool was agreed, seeing the teenager earn £40,000 a week. Back in June, the Express reported that Sterling was on course to earn £100,000 a week.
Liverpool only got Sterling because they outbid all other teams, offering QPR an initial £500,000 for the 16-year-old, accoding to the Mail. In the Standard, that fee was £375,000 with a 25 per cent sell-on clause, and Sterling signed at 15.
But the story becomes bigger in The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin”
Sterling was a regular in pick-up games organised by Walley on a pitch marked out in the back garden of the home of Tim Sherwood, Tottenham’s technical co-ordinator. A trial game was arranged, between Tottenham Under 15s and a Brent Schools select, featuring Sterling, who was thought to be available for £200,000. Remarkably, Spurs turned him down, because academy coaches were split about his long-term potential and the challenges of his background. Fulham were convinced they were about to sign him. “We had Raheem in the building, and were totally blown away when Liverpool came in for the boy,” admitted Barry Simmonds, their chief scout. Anderson and McParland had successfully lobbied Sterling’s family, and close friends, that Raheem’s best interests would be served by a £1 million move to Merseyside.
A month before his 15th birthday, he was billeted with ‘house parents’ and installed in the fifth form at Rainhill School in St Helens.
Liverpool should wory about losing their prized asset. They didn’t ‘discover’ him, as the story goes. They merely mined him for a poorer club. If he heads to Real Madrid, it’ll fit with his career of always going to the bigger, richer club…