Manchester City's Raheem Sterling has admitted he is open to the possibility of a move away from the club to secure more game time. The former Liverpool player's opportunities have been limited this season after the signing of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
This news will put big clubs across the continent on red alert as they look to add proven quality to their squad to help with their challenges in both domestic and European competition.
Sterling Open To A Transfer
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Sterling was talking at a Financial Times Business of Sport Summit when he admitted he would be open to a move.
"If there was an opportunity to go somewhere else then I'd be open to it at this moment in time. Football is the most important thing to me."
The 26 year also said that despite playing his whole career so far in the Premier League he has always had the ambition of playing overseas.
"Challenges and dreams I have set myself from a young age have been to play abroad."
"As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I have always had in my mind that maybe one day I would like to play abroad and maybe come up against that challenge.
"I should be learning different languages. I quite like the French language and accent, and the Spanish."
After a brilliant UEFA European Championship in the summer for Sterling, it is no surprise that he appears to be unhappy having started just two of the first seven Premier League games this season.
As a proven performer, there will be a lot of interested parties as clubs will know they are getting the finished article.
The inevitable question will come as to whether Liverpool will be interested in their former player.
Whilst he would be an asset to the squad, there are a number of factors that would make the deal a difficult one to do.
The transfer fee would be big as would the wages and then there is also the fact that he didn't leave the club on good terms in the eyes of the supporters.
There is no doubt if anyone can repair that broken relationship, it's Jurgen Klopp, but based on Sterling's comments cothis evening, a move abroad seems the most likely option.
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