Tension For Guardiola As Man City Superstar Boldly Expresses Desire to Leave Club And Play Abroad

Tension For Guardiola As Man City Superstar Boldly Expresses Desire to Leave Club And Play Abroad

  • Raheem Sterling has said he is open to leaving Manchester City and possibly making a move abroad
  • The England winger has struggled to stamp his place in the starting XI under Pep Guardiola this calendar year
  • This season, he has only started twice in the Premier League and says he is open to an “opportunity abroad”

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling recently made a damning admission about his future amid limited game time under Pep Guardiola this season.

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling is open to leaving Manchester City to play in a different league. Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC.
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The 26-year old admitted he was open to leaving the Premier League champions and possibly playing abroad, having struggled to hold down a regular place under Guardiola.

While speaking at the FT Business of Sports US summit, Sterling opened up on his future, saying:

"If there was an opportunity to go somewhere else, (for more game time), I would be open to it at this moment in time," Sterling said as quoted by Sky.

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"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.

Sterling further said he did not make a big deal out of the limited playing time this season.

His most prolific goal-scoring season as a player came in 2019-20 when he scored an impressive 30 goals in 51 appearances across all competitions, including some key last-minute goals for his side.

Last season, however, he only found the net 14 times with performances that have seen him fall down the pecking order in City’s frighteningly rich squad as far as talent is concerned.

“Still part of our plans”

Despite only starting twice in the Premier League this season, Pep Guardiola has always maintained Sterling is part of his plans.

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“He is such an important player, he reaches incredibly high standards and I have to tell him those are the standards he has to keep for himself and the team and I am sure he will return to that. I am optimistic he will have a very good season," Guardiola said in September.

Premier League giants Man Utd, Man City set to battle for £93M-rated Osimhen

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that two English Premier League clubs Manchester United and city rivals Manchester City are reportedly monitoring Victor Osimhen’s situation as they are both interested in the Nigerian international.

The Napoli of Italy forward was named the Serie A player for the month of September as he has been in impressive form so far this season.

Osimhen has found the back of the net seven times in eight matches for the Partenopei this season which has attracted several big clubs in Europe.

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Now, the two Manchester clubs are keen on bringing the 22-year-old to the Premier League, while Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain have also been credited with an interest.

It was gathered that Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis according to the report would only listen to offers in the region of €110m (£93m) for the in-demand attacker.

Napoli have Osimhen on a contract until June 2025, placing the club in a strong position when it comes to any potential negotiations.

Source: Legit Nigeria

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