Liverpool star Raheem Sterling looks set to stay at Anfield next season despite reported interest from La Liga giants Real Madrid.
The 19-year-old winger was one of few positive aspects to emerge from England's dismal World Cup campaign and, as a result, he was reportedly being targeted by the European champions, per Jack de Menezes in the Independent:
However, he seems set on continuing his time at Liverpool and is looking for the Reds to improve on their second-place Premier League finish from last season, per Ben Burrows in the Mirror:
Last season we did really well as a team. This season we will just go in the same as we did last year and take it step by step, week in week out. Hopefully we can do well as a team and a collective. We will be going out there on a positive note and hopefully we can do what we know we can do.
Sterling scored nine goals and claimed five assists last season in the English top-flight, per WhoScored.com, and he was arguably England's best player at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, especially in the opening loss to Italy, per football writer Graham Ruthven:
Sturridge and Sterling the two big positives for England. The latter, in particular, is in a pretty deep groove. Start him in every game.— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) June 15, 2014
He looks to be a future world star of the game and it is unsurprising that he is being linked with the world's top clubs.
While it now looks highly unlikely that Sterling will make a switch to the Bernabeu this summer, if he continues to progress, Real will likely come back for him in the future.
Another player who looks set to be plying his trade away from Madrid next season is Real striker Alvaro Morata, whose move to Juventus is reportedly imminent.
The 21-year-old's switch to the Serie A champions looks all but set with Marca reporting it to be worth €22 million (£17.5 million). Morata has expressed his eagerness concerning the switch:
"I'm really looking forward to touching down in Turin, I've heard it's a lovely city and I can't wait to get to know it."
However, Real have not completely let the youngster out of their sights and are set to include a buy-back clause of €35 million (£28 million) in the transfer with the Turin outfit, per Sergio Gomez in AS:
Madrid and Morata are now involved in their own negotiations: to thrash out a five year deal for the player that would come into effect if and when the Spanish club decide to bring him back.
This is a standard Real Madrid technique with their young players that are transferred out with a repurchase option. Some of the details of the contract are left open, such as the wages, which will depend on the performance of the player while at Juventus. Once this contract is agreed between Morata and Madrid, the transfer to Juventus can be finalised.
According to Gomez's report, the Spaniard is set to sign a four-year deal with Juventus for €2.2 million (£1.75 million) a year while Real's buy-back clause will expire after three seasons.
Morata's move should allow him more first-team football—he only made three starting appearances in La Liga last season—and will boost the Italian champions' attacking unit.
Juve will also provide Morata with genuine Champions League experience and no doubt Real are hoping he will make good on his enormous promise and return to the Madrid outfit as a complete player.