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Guardiola insists 'intact' Sterling is still a key player for Man City

Sat 17 April 2021 | 8:06

The Manchester City star has been frozen out of the team’s starting lineup due to the emergence of Phil Foden.

Raheem Sterling

has struggled to remain a regular starter at Etihad Stadium recently. The England star has started only two of his side’s last eight matches as he has found himself behind

Phil Foden

in the pecking order. However,

Pep Guardiola

insists he still considers the 26-year-old as a key player for his team.

"The trust with Raheem is intact,"

Guardiola told reporters.

"It is the same as when we arrived here.

"[The only reason] why he has played less is because there is Gabriel (Jesus) sometimes or especially Phil (Foden) or Riyad (Mahrez) and they are at a top level, scoring goals and being decisive in the final third.

"He has to have confidence. He has the confidence of all of us, he has to have it. Because the quality is there. I cannot give the players confidence.”

The England international has featured in 27 league matches for the Citizens in their current campaign, scoring 9 goals and providing 7 assists.

"They have to have it for themselves to give me the confidence to be selected.

"I have said many times what we have done over these incredible years, with the amount of titles, breaking records in the process… Raheem is key.

"He was a key player and is a key player. But in this moment Phil is playing really well and Riyad is playing really well."

Manchester City will lock horns with

Chelsea

in their FA Cup semi-final clash on Saturday.


source: SportMob