Although Raheem Sterling has an uncertain future at Manchester City as his contract has just 12 months to run, he’s been a regular under Pep Guardiola and is a player the Sky Blues want to keep beyond 2023. Fichajes say the news of Erling Haaland’s transfer has resulted in Sterling being told ‘he can leave’ however.
Fichajes believe the 27-year-old doesn’t regularly start under Guardiola and needs consistent playing time to make the England squad at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, but this report isn’t grounded in reality. Sterling is playing more frequently of late and isn’t at risk of losing his place in the national team based on recent form. He won’t compete with Haaland for a spot in the squad either.
Sterling has made 45 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring 16 goals with seven assists. He’s started in 19 of City’s last 24 Premier League games and has had a hand in eight goals from his previous nine league outings. The 27-year-old was unhappy last summer and was considering his future at the Etihad, but that doesn’t appear to be the case now.
Fichajes say Arsenal, Newcastle United and Barcelona are interested in Sterling, but it’s hard to see City selling an important player to the squad. Sterling is a natural wide man while Haaland is a striker too, so the pair are likely to play together than be competition for one another.