Raheem Sterling and his representatives are preparing for showdown talks with Liverpool and the England international plans to inform the Merseyside club that he wants to leave them this summer.
Here are a few reasons why he should stay put, for now.
Lack of genuine interest
Raheem Sterling seems desperate for a move away from Liverpool. But in all honesty, has any club shown genuine interest in the England international so far?
The likes of Manchester City are likely to sign him should he become available, but the point to consider here is Liverpool are extremely unlikely to sell to a Premier League club.
Let’s consider for a moment that Sterling gets his big move to Chelsea, Arsenal or Real Madrid. What next? Good luck getting a game ahead of Hazard, Alexis and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sterling is 20 and the main priority for him is to continue his development and play week in week out.
Opportunity to develop without pressure
Liverpool is the perfect opportunity for any young player to continue their development without a lot of pressure. While there are expectations at Anfield, they are not as high as the clubs mentioned above.
Sterling can continue his rapid growth without being put under too much pressure or under the weight of a hefty transfer fee.
Sterling is the main man at Liverpool now. Following the departure of Suarez and the injuries to Daniel Sturridge, Sterling has been the man to look forward to.
Brendan Rodgers has built the attack around him this season and might have a prominent role for him next season as well.
Liverpool have offered Sterling 100,000 pounds a week to stay. Is it really certain that other clubs like Bayern will top that offer and elevate him to the level of Muller and Neuer, in terms of earnings?
All said, the final decision rests with Sterling and a move might be the best thing to happen to him, but from a neutral perspective, him staying at Liverpool makes a lot of sense for now. For a player of his talent and age, this is just the beginning.