Euro Football

Hamann claims that Guardiola is ‘not keen’ on Sterling

Former Manchester City star Dietmar Hamann has suggested that Pep Guardiola is “not keen” on Raheem Sterling anymore.

The England international signed for Manchester City in 2015 for a fee of around £44m plus add-ons. He has been involved in an impressive 201 goals from his 292 outings for the Premier League champions.

Sterling started 28 Premier League games for City in 2020/21 as he got ten goals and eight assists in the top flight.

England critics are just cowards afraid of being wrong

The 26-year-old is enjoying a great European Championships with England. He is currently their top scorer at the tournament with three goals.

He got his third goal of Euro 2020 on Tuesday against Germany. Harry Kane got the other goal as England won 2-0.

Kane has been linked with Man City in recent weeks and they have bid £100m for him. Sterling has been mentioned as a potential makeweight in the deal. 

In an interview cited by MEN, Hamann insisted that there will be a lot of takers for Sterling:

“There’s a reason why (Sterling) is one of (Southgate’s) favourites. He’s always delivered for England and I’ve got to say I have never seen him play as well as this for Man City in a long time,” Hamann said.

“The first goal when he takes on Rudiger, just knocks it by him and runs past him – that spark has been missing from him.

“He’s done really well with huge competition (in the England squad). You can talk about Sancho, Rashford, Grealish coming on – but he has delivered.

“He has got them to where they are now, because the captain didn’t score (in the group stage) and he stepped up with three vital goals.

“People don’t warm to him for whatever reason. It was the case at Liverpool, it’s the case at Manchester City to an extent, and with England. But his numbers for England speak for themselves.

“What I hear from Manchester is that Guardiola is not keen on him anymore, so I think he will be on his way. I’m sure there will be takers, a lot of people will have him; it depends on whether they can afford him.”

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