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McAteer: Liverpool is the right place for Sterling

Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has urged Raheem Sterling to stay put at Anfield.

Sterling's long term future at Liverpool has been put under doubt after the young winger reportedly rejected a whopping £180,000-per-week offer to extend his deal at Anfield and it is looking increasingly likely that the 20-year old will be leaving the Merseyside outfit due to the contractual wrangling.

The likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Real Madrid have been touted as potential destinations for Sterling but former Reds star McAteer believes that Anfield is the perfect place for the England international to develop as a player.

Speaking to talkSPORT, McAteer said: "It's stop-start on these contract negotiations. It's a little bit messy. It looks like [Raheem Sterling] is holding out for something. You know how the football world works, someone will be in his ear telling him this and that. I think he's just got to knuckle down and let his performances do the talking.

"Liverpool is the right place for him, certainly for the next two or three seasons where he's going to develop and play every week in the first team. He's under a good manager and it's a good young team as well.

"There are rumours of him going to Barcelona or Real Madrid, but then it's all about a culture change. I just think he's being misguided somewhere along the line. The club and Brendan will be telling him all the right things.

"Brendan is a good young coach with great ideas who has worked with youngsters before. He's a good man manager as well and Liverpool is a massive club. I think he's doing them a disservice by saying he wants to leave because Liverpool are on the up."

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