I'm not money-grabbing! Raheem Sterling explains why Liverpool talks are on hold

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The Liverpool ace is currently stalling over signing a new deal at the Anfield club.

And it was recently revealed that he plans to wait until the summer to rekindle talks over extending his stay on Merseyside.

Sterling today insisted that he wasn't 'money-grabbing' after reportedly turning down £100,000-a-week to stay.

But he says it is simply a case of wanting to focus on football rather than contract negotiations at this stage.

He told the BBC: "I just want to focus on football and, when it gets to the end of the season, assess my position as a 20-year-old player playing in the Premier League."

And while Sterling appreciates the fans' frustrations that he is yet to commit his future to the club, he insists claims that he is greedy are wide of the mark.

I just want to focus on football

Raheem Sterling

“All I can say to the fans is that is not me, money is not everything to me in life,” he added.

“I’ve got family I adore, my mum has been there throughout my life. My daughter who is two going on three and these people mean everything to me.

“Everyone around me can vouch it has never been about money for me. I talk about winning trophies throughout my career, that’s all I talk about.

“I never talk about how many cars I’m going to drive, how many houses I’ve got. I just want to be the best that I can be.

“And with the people around me I’m just grateful.

I don’t want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old.

“I just want to be seen as the kid that loves to play football and wants to do the best for the team.

“I would never want the fans to think bad of me or that I just want as much money for myself.”

Sterling now claims he is desperate to end the season on a high and believes the FA Cup may be his best chance with a title challenge seemingly beyond the Reds this term.

He added: "I want to win something at the end of the season and the FA Cup's a great chance."

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