Raheem Sterling admits he may have to leave Manchester City if he continues to be left out of Pep Guardiola’s plans.
The England winger has been on the sidelines of the Premier League champions this season and has apparently fallen out of favor with the City boss.
Sterling has been linked with an exit from the Etihad with reports that Arsenal are interested in orchestrating a move for the 26-year-old.
And the forward admits he might be forced to leave City if he stays on the outside, looking inside, instead of being a regular holder.
Sterling also revealed that he may be open to a move overseas.
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Speaking at an FT Live event, he said: “If there was an opportunity to go elsewhere for more playing time, I would be open to that.
“Like I said, football is the most important thing for me. Challenges I set for myself from a young age and dreams too.
“As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I always thought you might know that one day I would like to play abroad. See how I would take on that challenge. .
“I am not a person who will complain. I haven’t tried to make it a bigger deal than it actually is. I continue my work. Do what I need to do. And I just can’t wait to go. Regularly play football matches. Score goals regularly. “
It seems Sterling heard Ian Wright’s warning loud and clear earlier this week as the ex-Arsenal striker was adamant he had to ‘settle his future’ or he could jeopardize his place in England at the 2022 World Cup.
He said on ITV: “Whatever is going on with City at some point you look at the importance of Raheem Sterling, I think he proved it at the Euro.
“Coming into the Euro he wasn’t playing as often as he would have liked, but he then showed it in a tournament.
“You are looking at a player who is easily one of our most powerful players who does not play for his club, at some point he will have to sort it out. We know Gareth will pick him and come to the World Cup as long as he is ‘he will be in good shape, he will go.
“But from a personal point of view, whatever was going on with him and the manager, I think it was after a game against Man United and then it was in Southampton that he went and had a word with him but since then he is no longer there.
“At some point, something has to happen where he’s playing more regularly.”
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However, Rio Ferdinand doesn’t see Arsenal or Tottenham as one of Sterling’s landing spots.
He told his YouTube channel FIVE: “I’ll say it now. If he continues like this, Raheem won’t be there next season. He can’t sit on the bench, he’s not that kind of guy. He’s a winner, he wants to win.
“Tottenham can’t get into the mix, Arsenal can’t get into the mix with a Sterling right now.”