Raheem Sterling has stated that he is considering a future outside of Manchester City and that he would consider transferring abroad.
Since last spring, the star of England’s run to the Euro 2020 final has struggled for playing time at City, starting only two Premier League games this season. Sterling’s contract expires in less than two years, but talks about extending it have stopped, with City willing to let him leave in the summer.
Sterling, speaking for the first time about his future, stated that his primary goal was to gain more game time at the top level. The 26-year-old is said to be eager to learn a new position at City, including playing as a No 9, and his dedication has been praised by the coaching staff. However, the option of relocating is now a reality.
Sterling said: “If there was the option to go somewhere else for more game time I would be open to it … As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I’ve always thought: ‘You know, maybe one day I’d love to play abroad and see how I would come up against that challenge.’”
Sterling scored 14 goals for City last season after scoring 30 goals in 51 competitive outings for the team in the 2019-20 season. He was a surprise starter in the Champions League final against Chelsea, but was withdrawn before the end as City sought an equalizer. He went on to score three times for England in the European Championship, including a memorable opening goal in a 2-0 win over Germany.
source : Guardian sport