Raheem Sterling's agent confirms star will leave Liverpool: 'He wouldn't stay at Anfield for £900k a week'
Outspoken Ward also calls Jamie Carragher "a knob"
Raheem Sterling's agent has all but confirmed the youngster's departure from Liverpool, saying he wouldn't stay at the club for £900k a week while also launching an astonishing attack on Jamie Carragher.
Sterling has already turned down £100k a week at Liverpool and now his agent, Aidy Ward, has stated that there is no way he will be signing a new contract at the club.
“I don’t care about the PR of the club and the club situation. I don’t care," he said in an interview with the London Evening Standard.
“He is definitely not signing. He’s not signing for £700, £800, £900 thousand a week. He is not signing.
“My job is to make sure I do the best with them (my clients). If people say I am bad at my job, or they are badly advised it does not matter.”
Sterling's relationship with the club and their fans is at breaking point with a large section of support booing him when he collected his Young Player of the Year award and a recent dinner.
Jamie Carragher voiced his disapproval at Sterling's behaviour when he told him to "keep his mouth shut" and "get on with playing football".
But Ward an extraordinary attack on former Liverpool stalwart Carragher, calling him a "knob".
“Carragher is a knob. Everybody knows it. Any of the criticism from current pundits or ex-Liverpool players - none of them things matter to me. It is not relevant.”
Ward insists he is not worried by any fallout with Liverpool and boasted that "every Premier League club will make a bid" for Sterling.
He added: “I am not worried. Worried is making a decision not knowing what is going to happen. Every premier league club will make a bid for him.”
Sterling has previously spoken about Ward in high regard and this interview is sure to cause plenty of unrest at Anfield.
Radio station talkSPORT has subsequently reported that Ward denies saying the things he is quoted as saying in the Standard.
Manchester United have already lit the fuse on what will be the transfer saga of the summer by contacting Liverpool to express interest in signing Sterling.
The Merseyside club instantly rebuffed the inquiry from Old Trafford, making it clear that they have no wish to sell the 20-year-old and would certainly never do business with United.
It is a daring, if somewhat optimistic move by United and Louis van Gaal. The manager evidently sees Sterling as a player who can enhance his side ahead of a title challenge, but the weight of history is against the Dutchman if he expects Liverpool to open negotiations with their North-West neighbours.
United are understood to have contacted Liverpool in the past week, aware of the contract impasse involving the youngster and wishing to establish how much he would cost.