Raheem Sterling has hit back at suggestions that Iain Duncan Smith’s controversial “two child policy” is behind his lucrative move to Manchester City.
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The England star, unproven, raised eyebrows when he appeared to be forcing through a £49m move from Liverpool, prompting an onslaught of concerned taps on the shoulder from the Anfield faithful.
After confirming that he was indeed forcing through a £49m move to Liverpool, Sterling acknowledged that “the cat [was] out the bag” and immediately set up an impromptu press conference chaired by Andrew Marr.
Speaking exclusively to Andrew Marr, Sterling denied that the two child policy, which denies tax credits and housing benefit for a family’s third child onwards, had motivated his move.
He said: “I don’t really have as many kids as everyone says, you know.
“At least I don’t think I do, anyway. To be honest I’ve been focusing pretty hard on shedding my bad boy image.
“That’s like a full-time job.”