If ever there was one person who was going to stick up for 20 year old Raheem Sterling turning down a reported £5m+ per year, it surely had to be Michael Owen.

The former Newcastle striker says he respects Sterling for ‘standing his ground’.

Michael Owen bizarrely also tries to claim that he thinks ‘greed is never a good thing’, I think you might find the odd Liverpool and Newcastle fan who might doubt just how he can keep a straight face when he says that…

Writing on Sports Lobster, these are some of the highlights of what Michael Owen had to say about Raheem Sterling and greed…;

Football clubs know exactly where they stand and how to ‘play the game.’ They have the huge advantage in any dispute of being able to count on the blind support of their army of fans who have a loyalty to the badge.

Nobody likes to feel like they are getting backed into a corner and if that’s the case, I respect Sterling for standing his ground for the time being.

He (Sterling) has every reason to believe that he would have made it regardless of what club he was at and just as a club and its fans will always believe there should be some form of payback, the argument doesn’t hold up in my book.

Despite what people say, footballers shouldn’t feel bad about earning their share of the market value. Anybody that campaigns otherwise is talking utter nonsense.

This is a short career…. that unless you reach the very top and have a sensible head on your shoulders, these perceived telephone numbers count for little once you’ve retired at 35 with fifty odd years of uncertainty ahead of you.

Of course, there are boundaries and greed is never a good thing but who can blame him if he believes he is worth more than is being offered and possibly knows he can get more elsewhere?