April Fools’ Day may be long gone, but it has not stopped Jonathan Walters from trolling Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling.
Sterling has been engaged in a deadlocked contract negotiations with Liverpool since the beginning of the season. However, his demands have since been laughed off as outlandish and greedy.
In an article published by English newspaper the Daily Mail, Raheem Sterling reportedly rejected a £100,000 per week contract despite scoring fewer goals than Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters.
Although Raheem Sterling is generally accepted as one the best emerging talent within the European game, the Daily Mail ridiculed Sterling’s demands by comparing his form from last season to his current season.
While Raheem may not find the article generally appeasing, Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters had a field day trolling Sterling by mocking the 20-year-old in a tweet on Friday.
Not happy with this…..! I'm going in. I want at least 120k pic.twitter.com/IXf4oDKJZx
— Jonathan walters (@JonWalters19) April 3, 2015
On Wednesday, Raheem Sterling gave an interview to BBC News, stating that the current contract negotiations between him and Liverpool is not just about money.
“It’s not about the money at all,” Raheem Sterling said.
“It’s never been about money. I talk about winning trophies throughout my career. That’s all I talk about. I don’t talk about how many cars I’m going to drive, how many houses I’ve got. I just purely want to be the best I can be.”
Sterling went on to state that he would have signed a new contract for way less money had he been offered a deal this time last season during that remarkable turn in form that almost ended with Liverpool claiming their first league title since the start of the Premier League.
“If, at that point in time, I was offered a contract, I most definitely would have signed straight away, probably for far less money than being said now, I just think the timing was a bit off.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was not happy with Raheem Sterling’s recent interview with BBC News, claiming it was ultimately “a mistake.”
However, Rodgers has made it clear that there is no rift between Raheem Sterling and Liverpool despite the lengthy discussions.
“He said his ambition is to win trophies and be successful and that’s perfectly aligned with what we want to do. This is Liverpool, one of the great clubs in world football, and it’s an honour for him to be playing here.”
Liverpool and Raheem Sterling are set to face Arsenal on Saturday.
[Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images and The Independent]