Raheem Sterling has admitted he sees a future away from Manchester City and will consider moving abroad.
The England race star to the Euro 2020 final has struggled to buy time at City since last spring and has only started two Premier League games this season. Sterling has less than two years on his contract but talks of an extension have stalled as City have been willing to allow him to leave this summer.
Speaking for the first time about his future, Sterling said he is focused on getting more playing time at the highest level. The 26-year-old is said to be ready to adjust to a new role at City, notably as a No.9, and his commitment has been praised by the coaching staff. But the possibility of a move is now a reality.
Sterling said: “If there was the possibility to go elsewhere for more playing time I would be open to that… As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I always thought, “You know, maybe someday I would ‘love to play overseas and see how I handle that challenge.”
After scoring 30 times in 51 competitive appearances for City during the 2019-20 season, Sterling scored 14 goals for the club last season. A surprise start in the Champions League final against Chelsea, he was pulled before the end as City looked to equalize, but went on to score three times in the European Championship for England, including a memorable first goal in of a 2-0 victory over Germany. .
Speaking at the FT Business of Sport US summit, Sterling spoke about how he viewed his situation at City on the day it was confirmed that his teammate Ferran Torres had broken his right foot while traveling with the Spain. “I am not a person who will complain. I haven’t tried to make it a bigger deal than it actually is. I carry on with my job, do what I have to do and can’t wait to go. [Ready to be] regularly play football matches. Score goals regularly.
“If football for me isn’t at a certain level, I’m not really at my happiest. If I want my happiness at some level, I have to play football. I need to score goals. And have fun.