Raheem Sterling's agent kicked-off a frenzy of tweets after saying his client will "definitely not be signing" a new contract with Liverpool, not even if the England star was offered £900,000 a week.
Aidy Ward was due to meet Liverpool bosses on Friday to discuss the winger's contract, but the club cancelled the meeting after the agent launched a stinging attack.
Ward told the Evening Standard: “He is definitely not signing. He’s not signing for £700, £800, £900 thousand a week. He is not signing."
“My job is to make sure I do the best with them [my clients]. If people say I am bad at my job, or they are badly advised it does not matter.”
And that was pretty much the feeling on Twitter.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 21, 2015
"@BBCSport: Liverpool have cancelled Friday's planned meeting with Raheem Sterling - his agent is everything that is wrong with modern game— malcolm bulled (@mallybulled) May 21, 2015
Hard to believe any bright agent would deliberately antagonise any leading European football club. Aidy Ward clearly isn't bright.— Coach (@chris__harrison) May 21, 2015
Aidy Ward is a disgrace, get him and sterling far away from our club. Disgusting and extremely unprofessional behavior by ward.— Casey Childers (@Anders_LFC) May 21, 2015
Pleased the club have cancelled the contract talks. No point in negotiating with Aidy Ward. Need players who want to be here #LFC— James Kay (@JimmyKay88) May 21, 2015
And Ward's rant didn't stop there. He labelled former Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher "a knob", following comments the former player made criticising how 20-year-old Sterling and his representatives had handled contract talks.
The Standard quotes him as saying: “Carragher is a knob. Everybody knows it. Any of the criticism from current pundits or ex-Liverpool players – none of them things matter to me. It is not relevant.”
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Numerous clubs have expressed interest in Sterling, who recently rejected a £100,000-a-week deal with Liverpool who this week named him Young Player of the Year. The clubs include Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
The protracted negotiations at Liverpool have ignited debates about the effect big money deals have on young players, and the roles their managers plays in steering their careers.