Raheem Sterling believes he has been robbed of his rhythm and his self-belief since leaving Liverpool to join Manchester City almost a year ago, reports The Mirror.
The £49million signing moved to the Etihad to bring a long and controversial fall out with the Merseyside outfit to an acrimonious end. He rejected a £100,000-a-week contract to stay at Anfield and, with the help of his agent, forced his way to Manchester City.
But the move has not worked out for Sterling so far. He spent much of the second half of the campaign on the substitute's bench and fears that things are unlikely to change under Pep Guardiola.
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The Spanish manager will take charge later this summer and is expected to make major changes to the squad in a summer of upheaval. And Sterling dreads he will be one of the casualties if he cannot shake off this protracted spell of poor form.
Luckily, he is still likely to make it into Roy Hodgson's final England squad that travels to Euro 2016, meaning he will have one of the game's biggest platforms to impress. But his confidence is so low at the moment that rekindling the kind of form he showed for Liverpool is much easier said than done.
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Indeed, Sterling was said to be distraught after Hodgson hauled him off during England's 2-1 win over Turkey. He played 73 minutes before being replaced by Danny Drinkwater and certainly did not have his worst game that was played on his home ground.
However, Sterling still thinks it is a far cry from the form he used to enjoy when playing under Brendan Rodgers. With three men to cut from the squad, Sterling is wary that similar performances in friendlies against Australia and Portugal could see him staying at home.
It is the 21-year-old's belief that the style of football Manuel Pellegrini installed at Manchester City did not suit his natural game. He was encouraged to adapt to suit a two-touch style even though he has made his name dribbling and running at defenders.
Guardiola likes to play a similar game that focuses on short passes and movement and that has left Sterling fearful that he will not feature in the Spanish manager's long-term plans.
The same report claims that Sterling is not seen as a starter in Guardiola's plans with the recently departed Bayern Munich boss likely to make as many as eight senior signings this summer.
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