Jamaican-born player Raheem Sterling, starved for playing time at Manchester City so far this season, said he is open to playing elsewhere, preferably abroad if he does not get more minutes for this club.
Sterling, 26, joined Manchester City from Liverpool in 2015 and has scored 79 goals in 202 appearances for the Citizens. However, so far this season, Sterling has fallen out of grace with manager Pep Guardiola and lost his place to Jack Grealish who signed from Aston Villa in the summer.
The situation has rankled Sterling, who revealed in an interview with British media, that he would be eager to jump at any opportunity to ply his considerable skills elsewhere.
“If there was the opportunity to go somewhere else, I would be open to it. At this moment in time, football is the most important thing to me. I have always had something that maybe one day I would love to play abroad and see how I meet that challenge,” said Sterling whose contract with Manchester City expires in 2023.
“I am not someone who complains. I have not tried to make it a bigger deal than it is. I am just raring to go, play football and score regularly.”
Sterling has started one Premier League game since the opening weekend of the season, although he was in Pep Guardiola’s side for the Champions League group stage defeat by Paris St-Germain on 28 September.
Since joining Manchester City, Sterling has won the Premier League three times, the FA Cup once and the EFL Cup four times.