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In the sights of FC Barcelona, Raheem Sterling hinted that he could leave Manchester City to launch a new challenge abroad. However, competition from England could jeopardize Barca’s plans for the Manchester City forward.
On the occasion of Financial Times Business of Sport US, Raheem Sterling was asked about his situation and if there was an existing possibility that the player of Three lions which has so far only known the elite of English football can look elsewhere. « If there was the option to go elsewhere to have more playing time, I would be open to that … As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I have always thought that maybe one day I would like to play abroad and see how I would take up this challenge ”. A strong message that did not fail to surprise his coach Pep Guardiola who was at a press conference on Friday and who for his part responded to his striker with the following statement. “What I want from Raheem and everyone is that they are happy to be here and happy to be at this club. If not, he must make the best decision for his family, for all the people who love them. They must be happy ”. Thus, the door would not appear to be fully closed on the side of Manchester City about a departure from Raheem Sterling while the FC Barcelona would consider an offensive this winter via a six-month loan with a compulsory purchase option spread over several installments according to Mundo Deportivo. Especially since the desires of Sterling should not be taken into account.
Sterling wants guarantees that Guardiola cannot give him …
According to information disclosed by ESPN these last hours, Raheem Sterling would not want to rush into the decision around his future. All the England international would ask for would be the assurance of Pep Guardiola to benefit from an important status in the future in order to sit around a table with the Mancunian leaders to discuss an extension for his current contract until June 2023. Nevertheless, Eurosport UK ensures that the coach of Manchester City could not give him this pleasure for the simple reason that he did not make the selection of his starting XI in relation to the form of the players at the time. A trend that was confirmed by the Spanish technician during his visit to a press conference on Friday. “Raheem Sterling’s comments? I did not know. I didn’t think the club knew about it. Raheem is our player, I hope he will be an incredibly important player for us. I don’t know if he wants to play more. Like Riyad (Mahrez) does not play and does not complain. Joao (Cancelo) when he’s not playing and not complaining. I cannot assure them, they know it, I cannot assure the number of minutes that each one will play ”. Situation that should prompt Raheem Sterling to pack up and therefore potentially do the business of the FC Barcelona.
Sterling wants more, a move abroad or in England!
Still according to information disclosed by Eurosport UK, Raheem sterling would like to be an integral part of the plans for Pep Guardiola To Manchester City. And since we could not promise him that, the England international should quickly consider the option of a departure. Sterling would refuse to have his progress stopped at the age of 26. And the British media underline the striker’s desire for Skyblues one day to listen to offers outside the English borders. However, the FC Barcelona would have a lot to do to win the stake in the operation Sterling for the simple reason that Premier League teams would also be involved, like‘Arsenal and of Newcastle.