This is according to beIN Sports presenter Richard Keys, who sensationally claims in his latest blog that the chance to work under the current Bayern Munich boss was a “big factor” behind Sterling forcing through the £49 million transfer.
It was recently reported by Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo - per the Mirror - that Guardiola has already agreed to become Manchester City’s new manager for next season following productive talks with the Citizens’ director of football Txiki Begiristain, although Manuel Pellegrini remains in the Etihad Stadium hot-seat for the time being.
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“Let me share with you one other thing that persuaded Sterling that he wanted to go to City,” Keys writes. “I’m reliably informed that Ward was asked to let Sterling know that if he made the move he'd 'very soon be working with Pep Guardiola'.
“Ward fails to mention this during his conversation with [Adrian] Durham. It was a big factor in forcing through the move.”
City were right to stick by Pellegrini
Less than a month after Sterling completed his move to Manchester City, Pellegrini signed a new two-year deal with the Citizens.
Some felt the Chilean coach was somewhat fortuitous to hold onto his job after last season - City finished eight points behind Premier League champions Chelsea and were knocked out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 by Barcelona - but he has repaid their faith at the start of the current campaign.
Man City lead the way at the top of the Premier League table, winning seven of their opening nine matches and scoring 24 goals in the process.
Pellegrini will go if Pep wants the job
Even if City win the Premier League title this season, however, Pellegrini probably will find himself out of a job if Guardiola is willing to become the club’s new manager.
The former Barcelona head coach is arguably the best manager in world football - he’s certainly the most sought-after - but it’s no secret that he has a great deal of respect for Pellegrini.
Regardless of who is in charge at Manchester City, though, Sterling looks to have made the best decision for his own career.
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