Raheem Sterling, or to be more accurate his bashfully humble agent, Aidy Ward, has never been shy about releasing controversial statements to the media regarding his client’s happiness.
In the weeks running up to his reported £49 million switch to Manchester City, the national papers were awash with leaks from Team Sterling slating Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers in particular. Money was thought to be the main reason behind his desire to leave Liverpool, turns out he just really didn’t like the manager.
So after only a few months into his Manchester City career had the rumblings from Sterling HQ calmed down? Not at all. Following Rodgers’ dismal performance in the Premier League, he was swiftly dismissed and the enigmatic Jurgen Klopp became the new man about town on the Mersey.
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News quickly broke from the player’s agent himself that in hindsight Sterling should have perhaps stayed at Liverpool. Ward claimed that Raheem would have shone under the German manager, a coach who has a superb reputation for getting the best out of his players.
This probably isn’t exactly what you want to hear if you’re a Manchester City fan. Your club has shelled out a fortune for a kid who doesn’t really want to be there at all. This lack of respect wouldn’t have gone down all too well with the City board and coaching staff either. Although I’m sure Manuel Pellegrini has gotten well used to being under-appreciated during his time in Manchester.
Sterling’s desire to work under Klopp may have been somewhat curtailed though following the announcement that Pep Guardiola is to replace Pellegrini at the end of the season.
Have City finally appointed a coach that Sterling deems worthy enough of working with? Let’s just hope Guardiola’s bulging trophy cabinet can compare to the 21-year-old's illustrious CV.
All jokes aside, Sterling has achieved an enormous amount in football, he took on that Ludogorets defender at least once over the course of two Champions League matches.
Sterling may only be 21 but he needs to wake up. He’s been around the professional game long enough to know that managers and circumstances change.
Pellegrini is often underrated by many in the footballing world but his CV is phenomenal, Sterling should be grateful that he has been able to learn from the Chilean.
Hopefully under Guardiola, Sterling can push on and finally deliver a return on that £49 million investment. City have given him a huge pay packet, a world-class coach and a state-of-the-art training facility so hopefully that’s enough to appease his ego for now. But for god's sake City, play it safe, get the lad a birthday cake.