Arsenal and Man United target should stay at Anfield – Comolli

Youngster should not leave Liverpool, says former director of football. Raheem Sterling has been urged to sign a new Liverpool contract by the...

Youngster should not leave Liverpool, says former director of football.

Raheem Sterling has been urged to sign a new Liverpool contract by the club’s former director of football Damien Comolli.

Sterling has forced his way into Brendan Rodgers’ first-team plans this season but, having failed to agree a new deal, there are fears he could quit Anfield.

The 18-year-old’s wage demands are reportedly a stumbling block and Comolli, speaking to Keys & Gray, has called on the young winger to forget about money and commit his future to Liverpool for the sake of his development.

“My advice would be sign the contract and stay at Liverpool,” said Comolli. “It is a great club. Unless there is something which makes him really uncomfortable he should sign the contract and play for Liverpool Football Club.

“I really don’t think money should be an issue. He is 18 and it is going to be one of many, many contracts he is going to sign and he is going to end up being a very, very wealthy individual.

“The important contract, if you are money-orientated, is the one you sign when you are 31, not 18.”

SOURCE: talkSPORT

Damien Comolli is not the most popular man at Anfield, having spent about £300m on Jordan Henderson, Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and co., but his latest comments about Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling should please the Reds faithful.

Comolli has urged youngster Sterling to remain at Anfield, despite interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.

Sterling has made great strides at Liverpool and there’s no reason why the 18-year-old should want to jump ship any time soon. The winger is a first-team regular and has broken into the England set-up. While young, he is already an important part of Liverpool’s attacking game and it shouldn’t be long before he begins to add goals to his growing arsenal.

But although prodigiously talented, there is little to suggest that Sterling would instantly command at first-team place at either Arsenal or Manchester United, both of whom are well-stocked in wide areas.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly refusing to pay Sterling more than £20,000 a week but as Comolli rightly says, the youngster has his whole career to ahead of him in which to earn top-dollar so a move for non-footballing reasons would be foolish.

Download the free fanatix app now for iPhone: Sport news, social features and more!


Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr:

Tumblr Twitter Facebook

Related Stories

The north Londoners are targeting Southampton’s Chambers. Southampton right-back Calum Chambers has emerged as the favourite to replace Bacary Sagna...

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners to stay in the Premier League for Bacary Sagna replacement

The Gunners may look to hire van Gaal. Much of the recent talk surrounding the Premier League has been the...

Arsenal to sneak ahead of Manchester United in race for new manager as Wenger’s future remains uncertain

The left-back has hardly impressed… and here’s why. Liverpool have had a brilliant Premier League season to date, but that...

(Video) Hilarious highlights reel of Liverpool flop Aly Cissokho’s season in the Premier League

The Red Devils are targeting PSG’s Cavani. Despite having only moved to Paris Saint-Germain less than 12 months ago Edinson...

Manchester United transfer news: Post Moyes era starts with move for world-class striker

The Barca ace is unhappy in Catalonia. Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has once again emerged as a transfer target for...

Manchester United transfer news: Former Arsenal star Fabregas is a target for the Red Devils once again

Speculation is rife over who will succeed Moyes at Old Trafford. After David Moyes’ sacking as Manchester United manager on...

Ancelotti and van Gaal lead the way for Manchester United hot seat – Pros and cons of the favourites

The finest players in the English top tier aged 21-years-old or under. There are some fine youngsters in the Premier...

Best Premier League youngsters with Arsenal’s Oxlade-Chamberlain in 2nd and three Liverpool stars

Chelsea and Liverpool stoppers miss out… Read more Arsenal FC news. According to football stats aggregator Squawka, these ten goalkeepers...

Everton’s Howard 10th, Arsenal’s Szczesny 9th: Europe’s 10 best keepers this season

The Scot has given his opinion on his time at Old Trafford. After a disappointing time in charge since succeeding...

David Moyes speaks out for the first time since being sacked as Manchester United manager

Check out the best of the best playing at the biggest football tournament in the world. It is now just...

Top 50 World Cup players heading to Brazil 2014