Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling insists he is not “a money-grabbing 20-year-old” as his contract wrangle rumbles on and an apparent £100,000 offer rejected by the England player.
The England international has rejected what manager Brendan Rodgers described as an “incredible offer” – believed to be £100,000-a-week – as the club look to tie down one of their prize assets.
Sterling still has more than two years to run on his current £35,000-a-week deal but talks have been put on hold until the summer.
“I don’t want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old,” he told BBC Sport.
“I just want to be seen as a kid that loves to play football..
“It’s not about the money at all.
“It’s never been about money. I talk about winning trophies throughout my career. That’s all I talk about.”