Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has added to the confusion over his new contract talks.
The Mail on Sunday says he withdrew a tweet that was meant to reassure Anfield fans.
Sterling, who will become the country’s third youngest international in 100 years if he makes his debut against Sweden on Wednesday night, sent out mixed messages on Twitter by claiming he was going to sign a new deal on his 18th birthday next month — then removing the message.
It followed claims that his advisers were asking Liverpool for £50,000 a week, bringing him in line with England internationals Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, both being kept out of the first-team by Sterling.
Yesterday, he tweeted that his reported demands were wide of the mark, saying: "I’ve just woken up to this rubbish. I can assure you I’ve not asked for that stupid amount, where [sic] waiting till I’m 18 to sign."
But the message was quickly removed.