Raheem Sterling: Manchester City go ahead open to leave the club abroad | Football news

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After scoring 30 goals in 51 appearances during the 2019-20 campaign, the forward only managed to find the net 14 times last term and has started just twice in this season’s Premier League.

“As I said, football is the most important thing to me – challenges that I have set myself from a young age and dreams as well, to play abroad.

“I’m not a person that’s going to complain. I’ve not tried to make it a bigger deal than it actually is.

“As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I have always had something down (in me) that maybe one day I would love to play abroad to see how I would come up against that challenge.

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  • Despite playing a starring role for England during this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, the 26-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular place in Pep Guardiola’s side this calendar year.

  • Speaking at the FT Business of Sport US summit, Sterling said: “If there was an opportunity to go somewhere else, (for more game time), I would be open to it at this moment in time.

“I get on with my work, do what I need to do. And I’m just raring to go – playing football matches regularly, score goals regularly.

“From being a young child, football has been the most important thing in my life, my most happiest I should say.

“If I want my happiness at a certain level I need to be playing football. I need to be scoring goals and enjoying myself.” Sterling, who joined City from Liverpool for £49m in 2015, has less than two years left on his contract at the Etihad.

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Raheem Sterling on his England career, Euro 2020 and how stats elevate his game by Danyal Khan

After all, who can forget England’s first match at the Euros, just before the hour mark against Croatia when Sterling made that run through the middle, received the ball from Kalvin Phillips in his stride and scored to begin an unforgettable tournament for Gareth Southgate’s side. Sterling is only 26, but his England career has already spanned almost nine years and in that time he has acquired 70 caps. So what does Sterling remember from his debut in the 4-2 friendly defeat to Sweden on November 14, 2012, at just 17 years of age?

It seems appropriate for a player who shone at Euro 2020, scoring decisive goals for his country which would lead to England making their first tournament final since 1966. High speed. Those are the words Raheem Sterling used when asked which statistic he enjoys looking at the most after a game or training session.