The Manchester City winger is heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium.
Once an irreplaceable cornerstone of Man City’s lineup, Raheem Sterling has suddenly slipped down his side’s pecking order in recent months. The England international has started only two games across all competitions this season as Man City boss Pep Guardiola seems to be satisfied with using new personnel in the final third.
The 26-year-old has beenlinked
with a move to Barcelona in recent weeks, but Rio Ferdinand believes the former Liverpool star must stay in the Premier League.
He told hisFIVE Youtube channel
"If I’m Liverpool, I’d buy Sterling tomorrow … If I’m him, I wouldn’t go to Barcelona or Real Madrid right now, that’s why I said Liverpool … Man United will take him!"
The former England international added:
"Where is Raheem Sterling? He’s lost confidence because he’s been taken out of the team,"
"He was the go-to guy when they needed a goal, for so many years, and now all of a sudden he’s in the wilderness.
"I’m baffled by it, I just don’t understand. With Pep, he gets things right more often than not, but with this one there must be clubs sitting there going ‘let’s see how this pans out because I would take Sterling all day!"
The star winger could return to Man City’s lineup in their Carabao Cup game againstWycombe
on Tuesday. The Citizens will then continue their Premier League campaign with a battle against Chelsea on Saturday.
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