Zidane: ‘Madrid watching Sterling’

Real Madrid are monitoring Raheem Sterling’s situation at Liverpool as he continues to stall over a new contract, according to Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane is in charge of Madrid’s second string Castilla and admits the European champions have run the rule over the England international recently.

“We know who Raheem Sterling is and of course we are monitoring him as a player,” the Frenchman is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“There are very few footballers in the world who can improve Real Madrid’s squad, so it’s going to make sense we monitor the progress of the world’s best youngsters.

“We looked at [Gareth] Bale for over a year, the same with Isco and [Raphael] Varane, and if we feel a player may have something to offer Real Madrid we’ll contact their club and try to take the next step.”

Sterling, 20, admitted last week that he had turned down Liverpool’s offer of £100,000-a-week but remains tied to the Anfield club until June 2017.

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