Real Madrid are closely monitoring Raheem Sterling’s situation at Liverpool, according to Zinedine Zidane.
The ex-France international, who is at the helm of Real’s Castilla B-Team, has confirmed that the European champions are keeping a close watch on the 20-year-old as talks of a possible extension to his current contract is dogged by a stalemate.
Sterling, in a recent interview, said he does not want to be perceived as a “money-grabbing” youngster, having rejected the Reds’ latest offer understood to worth £100,000-a-week.
His current deal runs until the summer of 2017 and Zidane says the Los Merengues are keeping tabs on the Englishman’s situation at Anfield, as was the case with Gareth Bale and many of Europe’s top talents.
“We know who Raheem Sterling is, and of course we are monitoring him as a player,” Zidane is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“There are a very few players in the world who can improve the Real Madrid squad, so it is going to make sense we monitor the progress of the best young players in the world.
“We monitored Bale for over a year, the same with Isco and also (Raphael) Varane.
“We monitor many of the best young players in Europe, then if we feel they have something to offer Real Madrid we will contact their club and try and make the next step.”
Sterling has scored six goals and assisted in seven others in 29 Premier League appearances so far this season.
He played the full 90 minutes as Brendan Rodgers’ side suffered a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday afternoon. Liverpool take on Blackburn Rovers in an FA Cup quarter-final replay on Wednesday evening.