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Sterling ‘open’ to leaving Man City


London (AFP) – Raheem Sterling admitted Thursday that he “would be open” to moving away from Manchester City to get more game time with even a switch to an overseas club high on his wishlist.

The 26-year-old England international has been with the Premier League champions since 2015 when he moved from Liverpool.

However, he has made just two Premier League starts this season under coach Pep Guardiola.

Speaking at the FT Business of Sport US Summit, Sterling said: “If there was the opportunity to go somewhere else (for more game time), I would be open to it at this moment in time.

“As I said, football is the most important thing to me – challenges that I have set myself from a young age and dreams as well, to play abroad.

“As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I have always had something down (in me) that maybe one day I would love to play abroad to see how I would come up against that challenge.”

Sterling may get a rare start on Saturday against Burnley after City winger Ferran Torres suffered a fractured foot while playing for Spain at the Nations League.

Despite his few starts, Sterling, whose deal with City runs until 2023, says he won’t be running to Guardiola’s office to demand more playing time.

“I’m not a person that’s going to complain. I’ve not tried to make it a bigger deal than it actually is,” Sterling said.

“I get on with my work, do what I need to do. And I’m just raring to go – playing football matches regularly, score goals regularly.”

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. greg

    October 15, 2021 at 11:04 am

    I honestly don’t get how Sterling fell so out of favor with Pep. But Pep seems mercurial like that. Sterling had a great Euro. Imagine him back at Liverpool on a wing, or with Arteta. Or at Barca or Real Madrid, with coaches who know how to use him & get the best from him. For a while it seemed Pep knew exactly what buttons to push. So yeah, he should go elsewhere…Spain, Italy, Germany.

  2. Yespage

    October 15, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Spamming the wrong article?

  3. Mercator

    October 15, 2021 at 2:14 am

    Odd comment – Prison FC did great business during the international break.

  4. AttyTed

    October 14, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    What a magnificent human being. He has been instrumental in trying to bring the world together. Why can’t our U. S. “Big Sport” – i. e. baseball, NBA, football professional athletes act in the same manner that he did? They are an embarrassment to sport in toto. Give me the beautiful game over the mass-collective “team” of self-serving scum on our sports networks today. I certainly am not glad that Kobe Bryant was killed (I’m not that evil), but I would imagine there are a lot of young girls out there today who are much safer because he was. What a sad legacy these filthy athletes in our country are leaving for our kids!!!!!

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