Sterling sends strong message to Pep

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Raheem Sterling has sent a strong message about his future to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola amid a lack of first-team football this season.

Despite the England international playing an important role in his nation's 2020 UEFA European Championship campaign, he has seemingly fallen down the pecking order at the Citizens this season.

With the 26-year-old having started only two Premier League games in the current campaign, the Daily Mirror is now reporting that he has put contract renewal talks on hold as he weighs up his options, with Barcelona linked with the tricky winger.

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While speaking at the FT Business of Sport US summit, Sterling revealed that he is now considering an exit from the Etihad, a message many have interpreted as a warning aimed at his manager Pep Guardiola.

"If there was an opportunity to go somewhere else (for more game time), I would be open to it at this moment in time," the former Liverpool player said, per Sky Sports.

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"As I said, football is the most important thing to me – challenges that I have set myself from a young age and dreams as well, to play abroad.

"As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I have always had something down (in me) that maybe one day I would love to play abroad to see how I would come up against that challenge.

"I'm not a person that's going to complain. I've not tried to make it a bigger deal than it actually is.

"I get on with my work, do what I need to do. And I'm just raring to go – playing football matches regularly, score goals regularly.

"From being a young child, football has been the most important thing in my life, my most happiest I should say.

"If I want my happiness at a certain level, I need to be playing football. I need to be scoring goals and enjoying myself."

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