Raheem Sterling to Real Madrid: Rafael Benitez 'targeting Liverpool forward as first signing'

England international wants Anfield exit

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Rafael Benitez risks harming his reputation with Liverpool supporters by making a move for Raheem Sterling if he takes over as Real Madrid manager.

The former Reds boss, who guided the club to their 2005 Champions League triumph, is on the verge of being named as Carlo Ancelotti's successor at the Bernabeu.

It's reported that one of his first moves will be to put Sterling on his transfer wish-list.

The Spanish manager, who remains in charge of Napoli for the time being, played a role in persuading Sterling to join Anfield from QPR in 2010 and he will hope he can prove as persuasive again.

Rafael Benitez


Should Real Madrid move for the 20-year-old they will find they have competition from Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea for his services.


Sterling has rejected a £100,000-a-week offer to remain at Liverpool and his agent recently said that the England international will "definitely" leave Anfield this summer. He has two years remaining on his current contract.