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Atletico Madrid to target Raheem Sterling this summer as England ace’s minutes fall under Guardiola

In a surprising link, Raheem Sterling is being targeted by Atletico Madrid as the Spanish side look to offer England ace more minutes.
Atletico Madrid to target Raheem Sterling this summer as England ace’s minutes fall under Guardiola

Atletico to offer Sterling escape

Raheem Sterling’s Manchester City future has been thrust into the spotlight of late.

According to Spanish outlet El Gol Digital, Atletico Madrid want to move for Sterling, amid the lack of minutes the former Liverpool man is earning under Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola has been favouring the likes of Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva to the 26-year-old over recent weeks. Ferran Torres’ arrival has furthered the attacking congestion at the Etihad, and Guardiola may look to strengthen even more this summer.

Atletico Madrid to target Raheem Sterling this summer as England ace’s minutes fall under Guardiola

Manchester City’s English midfielder Phil Foden (R) walks off the pitch with Dortmund’s Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland after the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 6, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid could claim the La Liga title this season, making themselves an attractive prospect to some of Europe’s top talents.

A meagre exit to Chelsea in the Champions League was far from the norm on the part of the Diego Simeone-led side.

Guardiola says City not the right place to ‘always play’

Guardiola was asked about Sterling’s lack of regular minutes, and was bullish in his response.

“Eight players didn’t play in Paris and they were sad. Happy for the team but they were sad for not playing,” said the Spaniard after a recent 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, in which Sterling started.

Atletico Madrid to target Raheem Sterling this summer as England ace’s minutes fall under Guardiola

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 14: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City celebrates victory with Raheem Sterling of Manchester City after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on April 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“Imagine you want to do your job but a guy tells you that you can’t.

“The best way to answer me, prove me wrong and feel guilty, is on the grass. Today they did it.

“Raheem responded like he responded in the Carabao Cup final and Laporte was outstanding,” said Guardiola.

“I rotate the players a lot. When one guy wants to always play it’s not the right place to be.”

If Sterling wants to play week-in, week-out, then City, as Guardiola says, may not be the right place to be.

Atletico Madrid would surely be able to offer the England international more regular game-time, but making such a move would be dependent on Sterling himself. Guardiola, for his part, has always seemed more than happy to open the door to those who wish to leave.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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