Raheem Sterling is fighting for playing time under Pep Guardiola, and it may well cost the Manchester City gun striker.
It was less than two years ago that Sterling scored 31 goals in a season for City, but now it looks like the bench is where he will be forced to regain his form.
However, Sterling is best when he gets a chance to build his game with consistent minutes and it is not offered at City.
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At a summit in the Financial Times Business of Sports in the United States, Sterling revealed that he would be open to a step elsewhere.
“If there was an opportunity to go somewhere else (for more playing time), I would be open to it at this point,” he said.
“As I said, football is the most important thing for me – challenges that I have posed to myself from a young age and also dream of playing abroad.
“As an English player, all I know is the Premier League and I have always had something down (in me) that I might one day love to play abroad to see how I would cope with that challenge.”
Sterling has started in just 16 of City’s last 33 games, with Barcelona reportedly among a host of teams interested in loaning him out in January.
The England forward’s comments come every fortnight after The Telegraph revealed Sterling put contract negotiations on hold as he considered his place in the squad.
Sterling has a year left on his contract next summer, after first leaving Liverpool for City back in 2015.
He will both consider offers from rival clubs inside and outside the Premier League.
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Meanwhile, Phil Foden is tipped off in other news in City to sign a new contract.
BBC Sport reports that the 21-year-old will accept a six-year contract extension worth around £ 50m.
As a lifelong city fan, there was already enough motivation for the Foot to continue to be.
The 21-year-old has quickly risen to become one of the game’s most exciting young talents and has three years left to run on his current contract.
Given his status in the game already, though, it’s smart for City to go fast to finish Foot, with the new contract expected to make him one of the highest paid young players in the world.
The foot already has plenty of experience in big matches after winning three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and four League Cups with City.
He is the latest in a long line of City players to have completed their long-term future in the past year, with Ederson, John Stones, Reuben Dias and Kevin De Bruyne all signing.
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Elsewhere, Timo Werner is the latest big name linked with Newcastle following the club’s acquisition of £ 305 million (A559 million dollars).
German outlet picture reported that Newcastle want to “inspire their game for German football” and that as a result they are looking for talent with Bundesliga experience.
Werner fits that bill, though his current contract with Chelsea will not expire until 2025.
Newcastle are reported to be in “regular contact” with Werner’s agent about a possible move.
In other Magpies news, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has been reported as the top target if the club’s new owners decide to fire boss Steve Bruce.
Sky Sports News although reports Rodgers has no interest in even talking to Newcastle about the possibility of taking over as manager.
As it stands, Bruce looks set to take charge of Newcastle’s first match under their new Saudi owners despite reports that he would be sacked ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham.
Bruce said he would continue in the Newcastle hot-seat, but accepted that he could be replaced, with former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre among the bookmakers’ favorites for the job.
The club issued an operating announcement on Thursday that the former Manchester United defender would attend a media briefing on Friday.
Newcastle enter Sunday’s second game from the bottom of the Premier League, without a win in their first seven games.