January 3

Former Netherlands star warns Sterling: ‘Real Madrid is too big a step’

first_imgBolo Zenden believes moving to Real Madrid would be too big a step for Raheem Sterling to make at this part of his career.The 20-year-old is expected to push for a transfer away from Liverpool this summer having refused their offer of a new contract.Real are being linked with a big-money swoop for Sterling, with new Bernabeu boss Rafa Benitez admitting he is an ‘admirer’ of the England international.But Zenden believes the starlet would be better served moving to another Premier League club if he does decide to leave Anfield.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Liverpool and Chelsea star said: “For Raheem, to go to Manchester City is an easier step than Real Madrid.“Madrid is a massive, massive club with a lot of expectations and when you go abroad there is a lot coming at you that you are not used to. You have to adapt and we have seen before it is not for everybody, especially at the age Sterling is.“I think he should play a bit more, get that experience, and maybe make that step later on.”last_img read more