Manchester City forward, Raheem Sterling has opened about his views on leaving City in near future, in search of more game time. Speaking at the Financial Times, Sterling said he is open about leaving Manchester City next summer if the club doesn’t provide him with regular game time.
Raheem Sterling joined Manchester City back in 2015 from Premier League rivals Liverpool, and since then has been a mainstay for the Sky Blues. To date, the forward has appeared 302 times for the Citizens, in which he scored 115 goals and 88 assists in all competitions.
But Sterling has hit a downward curve regarding his form as he only scored 14 goals last season. However, he had a good run for England in the Euro 2020 this summer. Returning to City after the Euro Campaign, Sterling seems to have lost his place as a first-choice deployment in the upfront. That’s mainly because Pep Guardiola has more faith in new signing Jack Grealish and youngster Phil Foden.
Following this, Sterling has only been able to start five games for Manchester City this season out of 11 games that the club has played. Now speaking about his current situation at City, Sterling has said, “If there was an opportunity to go somewhere else, I’d be open to it at this moment in time. “As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I’ve always thought: ‘You know, maybe one day I’d love to play abroad and see how I would come up against that challenge.”
The England international still has two years left in his contract but he is hurrying to leave City due to less game time. While the report also said that Sterling’s preferred destination other than Premier League, would be La Liga or Ligue 1.
Pep Guardiola suggests Sterling to fight for his place in Manchester City
Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola was asked to give his views on what Sterling said about being open to leave City in near future. And replying to that Guardiola said, that not all players in the squad would get regular game time, and the same goes for Sterling. If the forward wants to feature in most of the games then he has to prove it by scoring regular goals.
While City manager also added that Sterling has to fight for his place which all the players are currently doing. And if he is not comfortable with this idea then Sterling can surely be open to leaving Manchester City. The Englishman is currently 26-year-old, meaning he has some more good years of football left in him. So, Sterling should do what looks best for his future.
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