December 8, 2021

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I am open to leaving Manchester City – Sterling

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Raheem Sterling has admitted he would be open to leaving Manchester City in order to play more.

The England international has found minutes hard to come by this term under Pep Guardiola.

He has completed 90 minutes only twice this season which was a Carabao Cup win against Wycombe and a Premier League draw versus Southampton.

The attacker has been at City since he joined from Liverpool in 2015 and has won three Premier League titles, five League Cups and FA Cup.

The 26-year-old said on Thursday: “If there was the option to go somewhere else for more game time I would be open to it. 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. 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. See how I would come up against that challenge.”

“I’m not a person that’s going to complain,” said Sterling. “I’ve not tried to make it a bigger deal than it actually is. I get on with my work. Do what I need to do. And I’m just raring to go. Playing football matches regularly. Scoring goals regularly.

“From a young child, football has been the most important thing in my life. My most happiest I should say. When I play football that is where I get my happiness from. And, of course, with family as well but football for me has a special place in my heart.

“With everything that comes with football, money, being able to do nice things … at the end of the day, if football for me is not at a certain standard I’m not really at my happiest. If I want my happiness at a certain level I need to be playing football. I need to be scoring goals and enjoying myself.”

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