Raheem Sterling drops hints on possible Manchester City exit
Sterling casts doubt on Man City future
England international Raheem Sterling has cast doubt over his future at the Etihad Stadium after quotes have emerged from the Manchester City star refusing to rule out a move away from the club.
According to CBS Sports’ James Benge, Sterling – when speaking with FT Business – made mention of being open to the opportunity to go abroad for his next port of call as playing in another country is a personal dream of his.
Speaking at FT Business of Sport, Raheem Sterling says: If there was opportunity to go somewhere else I’d be open to it. Football’s the most important thing to me.
He speaks of his “dreams” to play abroad and “see how I’d come up against that challenge”.
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) October 14, 2021
The England man also remained cool and confident around his current status under Pep Guardiola, stating “I’m not a person that’s going to complain. 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…scoring goals regularly.”
Rapid decline in stature at the Etihad
Once one of the darlings of Man City, Raheem Sterling is no longer viewed as a key piece of the puzzle under Pep Guardiola in the blue half of Manchester.
After a slow start to life at the club in 2015 in the wake of his move from Liverpool, Sterling finally got his engine revving the following season, scoring 7-goals and adding 10-assists in thirty-three Premier League fixtures. But it was the 2017-18 campaign when the Liverpool academy graduate truly exploded, finding the back of the net 18-times and adding 15-assists in a stellar campaign.
His star would continue to rise rapidly the following year to the tune of 17-goals and 12-assists, and he would finally hit the 20-goal mark during the 2019-20 season. All told, Sterling’s goal contributions for City has been superb; 115-goals and 88-assists in 302-appearances and a contributions rate of 0.67 goals+assists per 90min.
But despite his long-standing contributions to the club that helped City net three Premier League titles, Sterling has only featured in the City XI twice in the Premier League this season and now finds himself firmly behind Jack Grealish in the first-team pecking order while being used as a tactically versatile sub rather than a key asset.
It is unclear where Sterling would go should he want to test himself on foreign shores, but considering that the owner of 71 England caps is still just 26-years-old, there is still time (and there will be suitors) him to reassert himself on the big stage.