Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has waded into the Raheem Sterling contract saga, stating that the Liverpool starlet and all other players have a price.
The 20-year-old England international caused quite a stir earlier this week when he stated in an interview that Arsenal’s reported interest in him was flattering and confessing that he had turned down a new deal at Anfield.
With Sterling’s future unclear, Chelsea have been linked with an audacious bid for the sprightly forward at the end of the season.
When asked on his opinion about Sterling’s situation on Merseyside, Mourinho stated that every player can be sold if the correct price is put forward.
“I don’t like players that don’t want to play for me and my club, clearly,” the Portuguese manager is quoted as saying by The BBC.
“Every player has a price. It doesn’t matter which player. If you ask me now, for example, Eden Hazard, we can speak about him because he’s signed a new contract.
“Do I want him to leave Chelsea? No. If he wants to leave, if he doesn’t want to work with me, if he doesn’t want to play for Chelsea, does Eden Hazard have a price? I think he has a price.
“I also understand the philosophy of managers and clubs who want to keep the players at any price, who want just to say, ‘there is no price to sell – the player stays, whatever’.
“My philosophy is not better than that – it’s just different. Either way, when a player has a contract with a club, the club, the manager and the board have the power to decide what to do.”
Sterling is set to step out for the Reds today in a crunch clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, with the youngster set for a mixed reception.
His current deal runs until the summer of 2017, with his future set to be determined this summer.