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Rodgers expects Sterling to stay
22 May 2015 11:11
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects Raheem Sterling to see out the remaining two years of his contract despite his current dispute with the club.
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The 20-year-old and his agent Aidy Ward were due to meet the Reds boss and chief executive Ian Ayre on Friday to re-open talks halted in March after the rejection of a £100,000-a-week offer.
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However, the club cancelled the meeting yesterday after inflammatory comments allegedly made by his representative to the Evening Standard which claimed the England international would not re-sign for £900,000-a-week.
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With 25 months left on his current agreement, worth £35,000-a-week, Liverpool are prepared to play hard ball in the knowledge the player stands to lose up to £12million in earnings if he sticks to his agent's promise not to sign a new deal.
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"Raheem has two years left and I expect him to see that two years through and continue to behave as immaculately as he has done," Rodgers told a press conference ahead of Sunday's final match of the season at Stoke.
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"I don't see Raheem unhappy. I am sure talks will take place over the course of the summer.
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"We want to resolve the situation but it doesn't change my approach to him.
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"There is no problem there. My relationship (with him) hasn't been affected at all. If he is fit, which he is, he will be available for selection."
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