Former England international midfielder Ray Wilkins has backed Raheem Sterling’s decision to delay contract talks with Liverpool until the Summer.
The twenty year old has put off discussing his future until the Summer after rejecting at least two new contract offers from the club.
Sterling has just over two years left on his current £35,000 per week deal, but the club want to tie him down to longer terms – but have so far been unsuccessful in persuading him to sign.
That has attracted interest from European champions Real Madrid, as well as Premiership champions Manchester City, German champions Bayern Munich and FA Cup holders Arsenal.
And former Chelsea and Manchester United man Wilkins believes that Sterling is correct to be keeping his options open – but has said that he would be best served staying at Anfield, despite a possible lack of Champions League football next season.
“Raheem Sterling is not breaking any contract and it’s his right to wait until the end of the season.” he told Talksport.
“He should keep his options open, there’s no two ways about it. His talent is Champions League level and I know he’s playing wing-back at the moment for Liverpool and that doesn’t suit him at all.
“In this period of Raheem’s education, as far as football is concerned, Liverpool is the perfect place for him to be.
“Brendan is a fantastic manager. He loves young guys and he gives them a game. That’s the important thing. If you move to one of these big teams like Real Madrid or Barcelona, do you play?
“Can’t be for finance, he’s only a young man. They’ve offered him a very good contract and he should stay. Perhaps the longevity of the contract might be the stumbling block. They might want to keep him for six or seven years and he might only want a couple of years and see where he goes from there.” he finished.