Raheem Sterling WILL think about his future at Manchester City if he continues to struggle for minutes
Out of favor Raheem Sterling considers LEAVING Manchester City if not given more playing time this season…
- Raheem Sterling was previously an ever-present under Pep Guardiola at City
- But the English star has only started one league game since the first weekend
- Sterling was largely named on the bench towards the business end of Manchester City’s run to their first Champions League final last season
- He has chosen not to enter into contract talks until his near-term future is determined
Raheem Sterling wants to stay at Manchester City but will consider his future with the Premier League champions if he continues to fight for consistent games.
No player has ever played more games under Pep Guardiola’s management at City, but the 26-year-old has only started one league game since the opening weekend of the season.
Formerly ever-present, Sterling was largely named on the bench towards the business end of City’s run to their first Champions League final of last season.
Raheem Sterling wants to stay at Manchester City but can think carefully about his future
The 26-year-old has only started one league game since the opening weekend of the season
The attacker, who is three goals away from scoring a century of league goals in his career, is hoping to find his way back into Guardiola’s plans.
“I’m not one to complain, I haven’t tried to make it bigger than it really is,” Sterling said Thursday night.
‘I’ll go on with my work, do what I have to do. And I’m eager to go: play football matches regularly, score goals regularly.
“Ultimately, if football isn’t on a certain level for me, I’m not really at my happiest. If I want my happiness at a certain level, I have to play football. I have to score goals and enjoy it.’
Sterling still has 18 months left on his current contract at the Etihad Stadium but has opted not to open talks of an extension until his near-term future is determined. Guardiola recently reiterated to him that he was still seen as an important player during the talks between the pair.
The attacker hopes to find his way back into Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s plans
The England international, who is no longer part of City’s five-man captaincy, spoke on the Financial times’ Business of Sport US Summit and suggested he use criticism as fuel to improve. He’s not averse to playing abroad at some point during his career amid Barcelona’s loan spell interest.
“If there was the option to go elsewhere for more playing time, I would be open to that,” he added. “Like I said, football is the most important thing for me. Challenges I set myself from childhood and dreams too.
“As an English player I only know the Premier League and I’ve always thought you might want to play abroad someday to see how I would take on that challenge.”
Guardiola reiterated to him that he was still seen as an important player during the talks
Sterling has functioned as a false nine – taking that part in last month’s Champions League group stage defeat at PSG – and there is an expectation he can return to his staggering goals of 2019. Sterling scored 43 goals for club and country that calendar year. .
Guardiola could offer him a chance against Burnley on Saturday after Ferran Torres has been sidelined for at least a month.
Torres suffered a minor fracture in the Spanish Nations League defeat to France earlier this week. The 21-year-old scored both of Spain’s goals in the semi-final victory over Italy, but is now likely to be absent until December.
Meanwhile, Sterling also revealed that he plans to start a foundation to help underprivileged children.
“My foundation that I will be launching soon is a great pride and joy,” he said. “The foundation will focus on underprivileged children who are in situations I experienced when I was younger – from a single parent family, not much financial stability, and just trying to lend a helping hand.
“When I was younger, it was something you always wished you had, someone or an organization to listen and just be a helping hand.
‘That’s what the foundation will do. If someone is studying for university and the family can’t
financially support that we will be another way to help people pursue their goals.”