Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that Liverpool should let Raheem Sterling go for the right price this summer as he continues to stall on signing a new contract at Anfield, BBC Sport reports.
The 20-year-old winger, who has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge among other clubs, has risen to stardom in the last year or so after becoming a key player for Liverpool and developing quickly under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers.
Mourinho now feels, however, that the Reds should consider offloading the England international if he does not want to play for them, saying that even if one of his star players such as Eden Hazard was not fully committed to the cause with the Blues, that he would accept that he has his price.
“I don’t like players that don’t want to play for me and my club, clearly,” he said.
“Every player has a price. It doesn’t matter which player. If you ask me now, for example, Eden Hazard, we can speak about him because he’s signed a new contract.
“Do I want him to leave Chelsea? No. If he wants to leave, if he doesn’t want to work with me, if he doesn’t want to play for Chelsea, does Eden Hazard have a price? I think he has a price.”
Away from the Sterling saga, Mourinho also spoke about the future of one of his own players, Petr Cech, saying he feels the legendary goalkeeper has a right to be thinking about leaving the club at the end of this season after falling behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order.
“Chelsea gave him a lot, but for what he is giving to the club still, he deserves a special perspective,” he explained.
“I think he won the right to be part of a discussion and a decision.”