At Manchester City, Raheem Sterling is currently dissatisfied – and speaks unusually openly about his change request. Now coach Pep Guardiola reacts – with clear words.
Raheem Sterling would like to leave the English football champions Manchester City and would like to work at a club abroad. “If there was an opportunity to go elsewhere, I would be open to it at this point,” Sterling said Thursday at the Business of Sport US Summit. The 26-year-old England international is disappointed with the lack of playing time with coach Pep Guardiola. Sterling was only in the City starting XI in two of the seven Premier League games so far this season.
“As an English player, I only know the Premier League and I always thought that one day I would like to play abroad and take on this challenge,” said the winger with Jamaican roots. “I’m supposed to be learning a few other languages. I really like the French accent and Spanish.” As a graduate of the Queens Park Rangers Academy in London, Sterling moved from Liverpool FC to Manchester City in the summer of 2015.
City coach Guardiola stressed on Friday that he could not guarantee his players any operating times. “The players always have to talk on the pitch, on the pitch,” said Guardiola. The former Bayern coach emphasized that Sterling and all players should be happy to be at Manchester City. “If not, you are free to make the best decision for yourself, for your family, for all the people who love you,” said Guardiola.