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Journalist makes claim on Sterling's future at Manchester City

01/11/2021; 5:42 PM By : Steven D. Thompson

Manchester City are not performing at their best this season, but with a lack of game time, Raheem Sterling is mulling departing the club for better opportunities. He has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Jack Grealish.

Pep Guardiola is a great manager with plenty of successes tied to his name. The Spaniard has had his share of falling out with several players.

The two-time Champions League winner has had disagreements with several players he's managed in the past leading to the player leaving the club. Top of the bill is Samuel Eto'o while at Barcelona. The well-publicized disagreement between the two reached cataclysmic levels leading to Eto'o joining Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan.

Guardiola's arrival at Manchester City brought with it another upheaval. Upon joining Manchester City, the feud between Guardiola and Yaya Toure resurfaced.

Sterling wants out but may make a U-turn

Raheem Sterling is in the eye of the storm, and he wants out of the club following lack of game time this season. The player has signalled his intention to leave the club if his situation does not improve, but Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge believes that the English international may change his mind.

Michael Bridge recently said should Sterling commit to City by signing a new contract, he wouldn't be surprised.

Sterling has entered the final two years of his City deal. The forward was instrumental to England reaching the final of EURO 2020 and was a key component of Guardiola's side since he joined from Liverpool six years ago. Things have, however, changed this season as the arrival of British record signing Jack Grealish has forced him to take a back seat.

In a recent report by The Telegraph, Sterling would not mind playing abroad. In fact, he is already linked with a January move to Barcelona.

Can Sterling win his City place back?

While many may fault Guardiola's treatment of Raheem Sterling, he has not been at his best since the end of EURO 2020. Over the last six months, the English international has had a poor goal return despite a brilliant EURO tournament. He may have scored over a hundred goals for City, but he is currently facing a drought.

Sterling may be affected by a loss of confidence that stems from Guardiola's lack of belief in the Englishman. He has failed to impress with the few opportunities that have come his way. 

With City struggling to hit top gear, Sterling may find opportunities to impress the gaffer. The Spaniard has been chopping and changing to find his best XI. Manchester City has crashed out of the Carabao Cup, but there are plenty of games to be played, and Sterling may catch a break with a few solid performances.

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