Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, former Premier League striker Marcus Bent has described talk of Raheem Sterling leaving Manchester City as “stupid”.
The England forward has been one of City’s standout performers in recent seasons, but has lost his way recently and has found himself out of Pep Guardiola’s best team.
Should Sterling be next up for a new Man City deal?
Yes, 100% deserved
No, not been good enough recently
Sterling marked his return to the side by netting the opener against Chelsea on Saturday, but has been starved of minutes in City’s Champions League run.
Having been an unused substitute in the victory over PSG in France, the 26-year-old played only the final eight minutes of the return leg in Manchester on Tuesday.
£300,000-a-week man Sterling has still managed 14 goals and 11 assists in 46 appearances for the Champions League finalists, but reports believe that City are willing to cash-in on the former Liverpool man in order to provide the funds to afford either Jack Grealish or Erling Haaland.
However, Bent doesn’t see any truth in that story and told The Transfer Tavern that he’d surprised to see Sterling leave:
“It’s stupid, it’s foolish. They’re talking about Atletico Madrid for £100m. You never know, that £100m might be playing on his head.
“He’s still young and hasn’t played as much as he would have liked. He’s a fantastic player, he’s matured, he’s good in and around the club. I don’t think he complains about not playing as much.
“But I can’t see that happening. If it does, it’s going to surprise me.”
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