Manchester City attacking midfielder Raheem Sterling is not having the best of times recently, for club as well as country. With rumors circulating regarding his departure from the City of Manchester Stadium, newly appointed coach Pep Guardiola has shared his views on the future of the Englishman.
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach has reached out to the 21-year-old in France and has reassured him of his place at the club. Guardiola contacted Sterling to give him a morale boost following England’s game with Wales in Euro 2016, where Sterling was substituted at half-time.
“Pep told Raheem, ‘As long as you work for me, I will fight for you.’” A source close to Sterling said, as reported by ESPN.
“Keep your head up. Don’t worry, I know you are a good player and you are a big part of my plans.” Guardiola added.
Sterling made an unpopular transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City last summer. He was criticized in all sections of the football community and became an unpopular figure in the Premier League. Such was his unpopularity, that the player was booed in almost all the away grounds he visited last season.
The 21-year-old started with a bang at City, but his performances dwindled as the season progressed. During the later parts of the season, he was seen spending time mostly on the reserve bench. Such was his poor form, Sterling started in just two of the last 16 games of the season.
Guardiola is reportedly excited about Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne at City ahead of next season. It is believed that the Spaniard will base his attack around these two creative midfielders.
Sterling will be in the England squad ahead of their last-16 Euro 2016 match against Iceland. However, it is extremely unlikely that he will start considering his recent confidence issues.
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