The Citizens manager was taken aback when he learned that the England international was considering a move, while the Spanish star is now on the bench.
Pep Guardiola is shocked that Raheem Sterling is considering his options at Manchester City, but the manager will not give him any guarantees about playing time.
A disclosure has been made amid the long-running drama around a prospective new deal for the 26-year-old forward, hinting to a move abroad in the future.
Sterling concedes that such an opportunity would be appealing, given the strong rivalry for places at Etihad Stadium, where he is competing for minutes with £100 million ($137 million) star Jack Grealish.
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Guardiola told reporters after learning that Sterling may be considering a move away from City: "I didn't know it. “I didn't think the club was aware.” Raheem is our player, and we expect him to play a significant role for us. I'm not sure he wants to play any more. "Riyad [Mahrez] doesn't play and doesn't complain, and neither does Joao [Cancelo]." I can't guarantee them, and I can't guarantee how long each one will play. They are required to speak on the pitch at all times. None of them are Raheem. They are all aware that they will be required to play minutes. What I want from Raheem and everyone else is for them to be content and happy to be here. If this isn't the case, he'll have to make the best option he can for his family. I used to be a gamer, and I absolutely see why. They all want to play every game, but I can't guarantee it. Every training session must be improved upon, and they must be present on the field."
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