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'I'm no money grabber' - Sterling
01 Apr 2015 18:06
Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling insists he is not "a money-grabber" after talks on a new contract were put on hold until the summer.
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The 20-year-old has been made what manager Brendan Rodgers described as "an incredible offer", believed to be £100,000-a-week, but negotiations have reached an impasse.
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However, somewhat embarrassingly for the Reds, Sterling suggested had the club made the offer at the end of last season he would have already signed an extension - and probably for less money than they are now offering.
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That has echoes of the situation with captain Steven Gerrard, who said in January after announcing his departure to Los Angeles Galaxy that he would have stayed had his contract offer come in pre-season and not November.
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Sterling admits all the speculation over his new deal has been "a bit much" for him this season and he wants to focus on football at the present time.
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"I don't want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old," he told BBC Sport.
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"I think anyone around me can vouch for me that it has never been about money.
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"It is about winning trophies throughout your career; I don't talk about how many cars I will drive or how many houses I've got.
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"It is flattering to get a huge contract (offer). I just purely want to be the best I can be."
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