Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has this evening opened up on reports linking winger Raheem Sterling with an exit from the club.
Sterling, who often splits opinion among fans, arrived at the Etihad in a controversial move from Premier League rivals Liverpool in 2015, since going on to become a first-team regular under Pep Guardiola over the last two seasons.
The 22-year-old English international has recently hit a rich vein of form, resulting in him netting 5 goals in his last 4 Premier League appearances.
Despite the club having splashed out nearly £50 million on his signature just two years ago, however, Sterling was heavily linked with a move away from Manchester City towards the end of the summer transfer window.
He had been suggested as a potential makeweight in the Citizens’ move for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, while reports also claimed that Arsene Wenger was interested in bringing Sterling to the Emirates in a straightforward cash deal.
However, a move never unfolded, with City boss Pep Guardiola revealing earlier today that the club have no intention of parting ways with their pacy wide-man for the foreseeable future.
Speaking ahead of his side’s Champions League matchup with Shakhtar Donetsk tomorrow evening, Guardiola divulged:
‘Raz is staying here. The club trust him – that is why we have invested a lot of money in him.’
‘The players we have are going to stay. If they want to leave they are going to leave, but he wants to stay.’
‘If players want to leave they have to ask the chairman, but there is no chance of that, he is going nowhere.’