Mon 18 October 2021 | 15:19

De Bruyne hopes Sterling stays at Man City amid exit speculations

The Belgium international can understand his teammate’s frustration, but wants him to stick around at Manchester City.

Kevin De Bruyne


Raheem Sterling

’s frustration regarding his future at

Manchester City

, but the 30-year-old is hoping his teammate can see the bigger picture and accept rotation.

Rumours regarding his departure from the Etihad Stadium are raising as the next transfer window is on the way, with it being hard to get to start under the reign of

Pep Guardiola


The England international revealed that he may decide to take on a new challenge as Barcelona are eyeing a move for him, but the Bruyne wants him to remain put.

De Bruyne was quizzed about Sterling’s frustration before the clash against Club Brugge on Tuesday.

“Rotation is important. Playing four competitions and mostly going far is a tough ask.

“I understand the frustration, I'm a player and you have some players who need more rhythm and maybe Raz needs more, I need that also.

“It's tough to play one game but it's the manager who has to make choices and it's hard. We have a group of 22, 23 internationals who are unbelievable. Whoever you pick will be right. Whenever the team plays good you can't say much as a player. We try to help each other.”

The City manager has rested De Bruyne at times, notwithstanding the playmaker’s crucial role for his side. He had to deal with injuries regularly but he assured that he is fit now.

De Bruyne said of his current condition:

“In the Euros I was happy I could come back but the ankle injury happened. There's nothing I can do, I got tackles and my ligament snapped.

“I try to get back as best as possible. It took some time; it was a bit painful but I feel much better now and I'm very happy about that.

“I feel much much better. There’s still things that can go up. Even the last two-to-three months of last season I didn't train much.

“The last six months have been up and down, not much training. I was in pain when I came back. It was good to take time off after the Spurs game. I feel much better, I feel stronger.”

De Bruyne featured in eight games for City this season, meeting the back of the net three times.

source: SportMob

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