Raheem Sterling’s agent has played down reports suggesting the young Liverpool forward will demand a move away from Anfield when he holds talks with the club this week.
Sterling caused uproar among the Reds faithful earlier in the season when he rejected the offer of a new deal worth a reported £100,000-a-week.
Liverpool immediately insisted the youngster was not for sale, stating talks over a new contract would be put on hold until the end of the season.
However, fresh reports suggesting he wants out of the club have emerged before the final game of the season this weekend which will not go down well in the red half of Merseyside.
Sterling’s agent, Aidy Ward, has now admitted that talks will take place with Liverpool this week, but says suggestions his client is set to demand a move have been exaggerated.
“The story has been blown somewhat out of proportion,” he said in a statement to talkSPORT.
“Raheem and his representatives have a meeting scheduled with Liverpool later this week, and we will take proceedings from there.”
Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Real Madrid are all said to be waiting in the wings should Liverpool grant Sterling his wish by allowing him to leave in the summer.
Sterling still has two years remaining on his current deal and Liverpool will be under no pressure to cash in unless the player does follow through with his threats and demands to leave.