Indications have shown that Manchester City winger, Raheem Sterling has told his club that he wants them to sanction a loan move to Barcelona in January.
Sterling who is one of England’s best players during the summer’s European Championship has been frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities at the Etihad Stadium and has started just three games this season.
The 26-year-old, who has 18 months left on his contract, has been challenged by Pep Guardiola to force his way back into the first team and find his best form. This he said is similar to how Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva have enjoyed a resurgence this season – but Sterling does not believe he is in the Spaniard’s long-term plans.
90min reports that close to the club have said Sterling has gone as far as to inform Guardiola that he would like to join Barcelona – who have shown interest – on an initial loan deal in January, with the allure of playing at Camp Nou too good to turn down.
Guardiola has made it known to City chiefs Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain that he won’t be forced into playing anyone, and if Sterling wants out he will sanction the move – though he remained, understandably, coy in his press conference before Saturday’s game against Everton when asked about Sterling’s future.
“Don’t ask me from now on until the last day of the window about transfers because I’m not going to answer. It is not my business and it is not our business – Raheem’s either. Our business is Everton, PSG, West Ham, and the rest.
“I’m not going to answer any questions about what is going to happen in the future because I don’t know. And I am not concerned for one second,” Guardiola said.
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