Pep Guardiola replies to Sterling’s comments

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Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, and Oleksandr Zinchenko were sold to Chelsea and Arsenal this summer. Pep Guardiola believes he has no regrets about it.

Guardiola spoke in response to Sterling, who claimed that he felt unimportant at Manchester City despite a fruitful 7-year tenure. The English winger played a pivotal role in 4 Premier League victories, including a 100-point season. 

Misunderstandings, contracts running down. It was a shame to see how it ended in the end because I had such a great time there. A lot of things came into play. For a lot of reasons, but I wasn’t complaining. I was ready to challenge and, as you can see, even with some of the performances I put in, you couldn’t guarantee yourself a place. So it just didn’t make sense to fight a battle you can never win.

Raheem Sterling

Sterling became one of the best wingers in the world under the tutelage of Guardiola. However, he has now moved on to Chelsea. Jesus and Zinchenko have also settled in at North London, and started the opening three games for the Gunners, winning all three.

Guardiola meanwhile, maintained that he did not want to keep anyone at the club against their wishes. 

I wouldn’t want to move anyone on now, I love this squad I have. I feel comfortable training with them because after six, seven years we know each other incredibly well. In the bad moments, I know how they react. They are incredible professionals. I would love to stay all together but at the same time the transfer window ends in 10-15 days. And if a player wants to leave then we will find a solution. Which one, I don’t know but we will find it.

Pep Guardiola

It is true that Sterling was not as integral to City as he was a couple of seasons ago. The emergence of Phil Foden and the arrival of Jack Grealish have severely impacted his game time. It is understandable that he would want to be at a club where he can be the main man during the peak of his career.

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