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Raheem Sterling Fee Proves Football Is Hurtling Into The Abyss

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Raheem Sterling Fee Proves Football Is Hurtling Into The Abyss

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Those Liverpool fans getting themselves all bitter and twisted over the Raheem Sterling transfer need to take a deep breath.

Sterling has been proved right after all. He and his agent were positive that Liverpool's contract offer was way under the market value and sought to seek the market price.

The fact that the market price – an eye watering £49 million plus add ons and bonuses is so high is where the problem lies. Not that a player hasn't remained “loyal” to the club who have nurtured him for the past five years or so.

Loyalty? Don't make me laugh.

For every player that is earning a superstar salary there are hundreds more who are scraping a living and just happy to be plying their trade week in week out.  

Let me ask you – if you were offered an opportunity to double your salary doing the exactly the same job for a different employer would you remain “loyal” to your current one?

Of course not.

Football fans have selective memories. Steven Gerrard was a hair's breadth away from joining Chelsea and Wayne Rooney's acrimonious contract dispute, which took him to a reported £250,000 a week is but a distant memory. Those same fans that pilloried Rooney then laud him now.

Sterling's wish to leave Liverpool for more money and a chance to win trophies should not be derided. Ambition is a wonderful thing. It is the way the transfer was handled that paints Sterling in a poor light.

Manchester City are the team most at risk from the “Home grown player” quota. They currently have the maximum 17 overseas players on their books so it is easy to see why they are desperate for home grown talent.

Everyone knows that Sterling is not worth £49 million. He still has several years development ahead of him before he can even be considered anywhere near the finished article and it's a gamble to spend that much money on a player whose head can be so easily turned.

If clubs are out laying such huge sums on British players just to fill quotas then clearly something is badly wrong with the way the game is being structured.

Sterling is unlikely to feature in more than 25% of City's fixtures this coming season because of the competition for places and his shortcomings are unlikely to be forgiven so easily by fans who can't see past the high price tag.

From a player development point of view Sterling would have been better getting more first team games at Liverpool and we all know that despite a players protestations that they don't set the transfer fee £49m is going to be a hard tag to live up to.

The system isn't working and everything is wrong with this deal. It needs drastic surgery to change that.

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