With official confirmation of Raheem Sterling’s sale to Manchester City expected any time now, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who was speaking to the Thai media ahead of the Reds first pre-season friendly of their summer tour, has played down media reports linking his exit from the club to a rift between the two.
“The situation currently is very simple,” explained the Northern Irishman. “The club has agreed with another club a deal for Raheem to be transferred and subject to a medical that will go through,” he continued. “Contrary to probably the last week or so, in terms of what was written, Raheem and I have always remained very strong in our relationship and have been right up until we left. So there’s no issue there.”
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Subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms, the Citizens are expected to complete the signing of Sterling for £49mil before the end of the week with the 20-year old slated to join Manuel Pellegrini’s side on their own pre-season tour.
“As I said, at this moment in time it’s only about the players that have travelled here,” confirmed the Reds boss. “I spoke to Raheem at length again before I left yesterday, so there’s no issue and no problem.,” he reiterated. “Two clubs have agreed a deal and subject to a medical he will move on. But at this moment in time the interest is with the players that are here.”