City exit is an option for Sterling

15 October 2021 20:40:56 GMTPlus11
Raheem Sterling would consider a move

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling says he would be open to a move abroad if it meant he would be playing more regular first-team football.

Sterling had an outstanding Euro 2020 tournament, helping England reach the final, but he has been less influential for the Citizens recently.

The Premier League champions are 1/8 to beat visitors Burnley on Saturday and are 7/2 to win by three goals, while Sterling is 5/1 to be the first goalscorer.

If there was the opportunity to go somewhere else, I would be open to it.

Raheem Sterling

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The winger moved to City from Liverpool for a transfer fee of around £45 million in July 2015 and he has won three league titles, four League Cups and one FA Cup with the Citizens.

His opportunities were limited during the second half of last season as England team-mate Phil Foden became a more regular starter for Pep Guardiola's side and another of the Three Lions' attacking stars, Jack Grealish, joined the club in the summer.

Infrequent starter

Sterling has started only two of the champions' first seven league games this season and his only goal came in a 5-0 home win over bottom club Norwich.

After the Burnley game, City travel to Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday bidding to bounce back from their 2-0 loss to Paris St-Germain on matchday two.

Sterling keeps options open

Speaking at the FT Business of Sport US summit, Sterling said: "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 said maybe one day I would love to play abroad and see how I meet that challenge. I am not someone who complains. I am just raring to go, play football and score regularly."

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