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Reports: Guardiola scouts Liverpool winger Sterling

Could Sterling be heading the the Bundesliga? Credit: PA

German giants Bayern Munich have been scouting Raheem Sterling and identified him as a summer target, according to leading Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Sky Italia reporter claims that Pep Guardiola is convinced by Sterling's ability and confident he can develop into one of world football's finest players under his stewardship at the Allianz Arena.

Brendan Rodgers confirmed on Friday that Sterling and his representatives have refused to discuss extending his Liverpool contract until the summer.

Liverpool boss confirms failed talks with Sterling

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool winger is not interested in discussing a new contract until the summer.

Sterling is not interested in discussing a new deal just yet. Credit: PA

Speaking to the media in Friday's pre-match press conference ahead of Man United's visit on Sunday, Rodgers said:

"It's been made clear by Raheem and his representatives that he wants to concentrate on his football and see what can be resolved in summer."

Liverpool have been linked with a surprise move for Theo Walcott if Sterling decides his futures lies elsewhere beyond the current campaign.

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Liverpool 'relaxed' about Sterling contract

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is "relaxed" about Raheem Sterling's uncertain contract situation.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers (right) gives instructions to Raheem Sterling. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The club have tabled what a couple of weeks ago Rodgers described as an "incredible" offer, reported to be in the region of £100,000 a week.

Llatest reports suggest there has been no movement in negotiations, however.

Sterling only signed an improved contract in December 2012 and his current deal does not expire until 2017, which is why Rodgers is content to wait.

"There is nothing new to report on it. I am quite relaxed about Raheem's situation," said Rodgers.

"He is not going anywhere in a hurry - he has still got this season and another couple of years to go on his contract.

"I think it is quite obvious when you look at Raheem's situation… anyone with Raheem's best interests would see Liverpool as the best option for his career."

Sterling hopes new Liverpool deal will be signed soon

Raheem Sterling has been in talks for a while. Credit: PA

Raheem Sterling thinks his new Liverpool contract talks will be concluded soon.

The England winger has been the subject of much rumour, as the discussion between the club and his representatives have dragged on, but it looks like the end is in sight.

We're working on it and hopefully it will be sorted soon.

– Raheem Sterling speaking to the Liverpool Echo

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Hodgson 'gutted' over Sterling treatment

Hodgson rested Sterling against Estonia. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson has leapt to the defence of Raheem Sterling, saying the Liverpool winger has been treated unfairly by the press.

Sterling was blasted by former professionals and the press after Hodgson revealed he did not start for England against Estonia because he was 'tired'.

Speaking to students at the Cambridge Union, Hodgson said: "With young Raheem Sterling this week, it guts me to see that sort of treatment.

"It’s totally unfair and totally wrong. It’s suiting people’s agendas. But, you know, he’ll be stronger for it. Is that right? Of course it’s not right! But I can’t turn the clock back, I’m living in 2014, I can’t go back to Downton Abbey!”

Rodgers: Sterling didn't refuse to start for England

Rodgers says that Sterling didn't tell Hodgson he was tired. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has leapt to the defence of Raheem Sterling, but insists there is no club versus country row between him and England manager Roy Hodgson.

The Liverpool and England winger has been embroiled in the middle of a club v country row after it was reported that he told Hodgson he was 'tired' before the game against Estonia last week - leading to the England boss dropping him for the match.

Rodgers has now denied that Sterling ever said that: "What has been disappointing in the whole affair is it has been grossly unfair how the kid has been put on the back pages for something he clearly did not say."

The Liverpool boss also insists that the club is always happy to work with England and there is no 'barrier' between the two.

"We are club and country here, not club v country. Liverpool are no barrier to England."

Rodgers also said messages have been exchanged between himself and Hodgson after the incident but the two have yet to meet.

Read: Rodgers says Sterling is being hung out to dry

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