SOFIA, BULGARIA - Wednesday, November 26, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers substitutes Raheem Sterling during the UEFA Champions League Group B match against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at the Vasil Levski National Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Raheem Sterling contract delay explained

Raheem Sterling’s stalling contract talks with Liverpool have been much-publicised of late, but it is a situation that should be sorted in the near future.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Friday, December 26, 2014: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the first goal against Burnley during the Premier League match at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

According to the always reliable Chris Bascombe of the Telegraph, the delayed contract talks between Liverpool and arguably their most prized asset is due to Sterling’s representatives.

Is it reported that the 20-year-old’s agent, Aidy Ward, is in the process of splitting from current employers Impact Sports Management.

The main issue is sorting whether the commission for Sterling’s new deal would be paid by them or the new agency Ward is starting up. Once that problem is solved, Liverpool will be given the green light.

There have been worries among some Reds fans in recent weeks that Sterling is considering a move elsewhere, with current European champions Real Madrid reportedly interested in bringing the England international to Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite this, the club are still very confident of keeping hold of their brilliant attacking youngster, and his new contract would likely see him earn somewhere in the region of £100,000 a week.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon, Rodgers said:

“I think it’s all in hand with the club and his representatives. Raheem’s very happy here.

“He’s a young player that is playing at one of the greatest clubs in the world and is playing very well. He sees his long-term future here.

“I spoke again to Raheem today. He’s very happy with his progress and how he’s developing. He’s a real sponge for learning. He’s a young player that knows he’s in the right place to develop and be looked after. I’m sure it’ll be sorted very soon.”