In an interview with Anfield HQ, Bascombe spoke about the contract situation involving Liverpool’s young star, Raheem Sterling.
“Liverpool have offered him at least £100,000 [a week], he’s 20, and I think that’s his value. I think if you’re the best 20-year-old in Europe, that £100,000 a week is what you’re worth.”
When asked how much Sterling was looking for in these contract negotiations, Bascombe claimed: “I know it’s north of £120,000 a week…[and] it would not surprise me if we’re talking higher rather than lower.
“How [Liverpool] got him from QPR, they can’t be that surprised—this was the game they played when he was at QPR. Liverpool got him because they paid more than anybody else for him, so the biter’s being bitten a bit.
“I think the kid himself, if you got him in a room and talked him through he’d probably just sign the paper but he’s always got to make that extra phone call,” Bascombe claimed, blaming Sterling’s agent for the current impasse.
“I think it will get sorted out eventually, but they will probably have the same thing again in two years.”
“FSG [seem to be] trying to create a new culture where you don’t just get a new contract when you’ve got two years left.
“But the danger is now Jordan Henderson goes on a run and scores three hattricks or gets five or six man-of-the-match performances, and then City want him, so therefore the contract that you were going to give him is going to be £10,000 a week more.
“That’s the roll of the dice and that’s the way they want to do it.”
Onto individual contracts, Bascombe confidently suggested: “Henderson will get a new deal eventually, I think Sterling’s will be resolved… I don’t think Jon Flanagan’s going to want to go anywhere else.
“I think they’ll all be Liverpool players at the start of next season.”
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