Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling is open to leaving the club in search of more game time.
The 26-year-old has been at the club since joining from Liverpool in 2015.
Raheem Sterling: Manchester City Forward Raises Doubts Over Future at the Club
Sterling has made over 300 appearances for Manchester City over the years, he has been an invaluable source of productivity in that time, scoring 115 goals and assisting a further 88. That tally totals at 203 goal involvements in 302 appearances, a solid output. However, of late, he has not been as heavily involved in Pep Guardiola’s plans as he once was.
England’s star forward has just started two Premier League games this season and appears rightly concerned about the amount of minutes afforded to him.
Since City’s signing of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, he has been involved even less than before. He started 28 of the 38 league games last season but is already halfway into the ten games he missed out on the line-up in there, having been brought on as a substitute on five occasions.
A player of Sterling’s ability has every right to think he should be a regular.
What He Said
As quoted by BBC Sport, Raheem Sterling told the Financial Times: “If there was the opportunity to go somewhere else, I would be open to it.
“At this moment in time, football is the most important thing to me. I have always had something that maybe one day I would love to play abroad and see how I meet that challenge.
“I am not someone who complains,” he continued. “I have not tried to make it a bigger deal than it is. I am just raring to go, play football and score regularly.”
BBC Sport’s Simon Stone adds that it is understood the former Liverpool man is unwilling to sign a new contract with City until he is regularly involved again.
A Move Abroad Could Help the Manchester City Forward
Moving abroad will not hinder the chances of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling making the England squad. He is a mainstay in Gareth Southgate’s side and if anything, Fiyako Tomori and Tammy Abraham have proven in their respective moves to AC Milan and Roma that both you can go and improve your game and reputation, as well as retain your spot in Southgate’s squad.
A three-time Premier League winner, Sterling has achieved a lot for a player of his age and it might increase his motivations to go abroad in search of new trophies. At 26, there is always the possibility that he could return with years in hand before his career comes to an end too.
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