Manchester City’s England winger Raheem Sterling is apparently angry at the club for offering him to Spurs as a makeweight for striker Harry Kane, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The newspaper have reported that Sterling has been put on the list of potential players to be offered to the London club in exchange for England captain Kane - despite City not making any official offers for the striker, nor discussing any players in exchange.
That hasn’t stopped the Sunday Mirror from explaining how Sterling is angry with the club for their position on using him in any potential deal with Spurs, without actually detailing what Sterling has said or done to indicate this.
The article continues to say that Sterling had a spat with Guardiola in the spring, resulting in little playing time for the winger, who started the Champions League final in May despite an erratic run of form.
And now the winger apparently knows City are ‘looking to protect his value as an asset rather than as someone who is vital to Guardiola’s long-term vision,’ something that would be obvious thanks to media speculation.
However, there has been no official confirmation from the club that Sterling, or the five other players mentioned in our previous article, have been listed as potential makeweights, and if Sterling is angry about anything, it is likely to be the media’s continual obsession about him and his future.
Sterling has another 24 months to run on his contract and has previously stated a desire to play abroad before ending his playing days, and on last check, North London was not exactly the Iberian peninsula or the Italian Riviera!
It’s just another example of how media speculation can unsettle players, and you have to question why this report would come out, just 48 hours before England’s big clash with Germany at Wembley. Sterling has been one of England’s best players at the Euros, scoring both the national side’s goals so far, and it is unlikely he would swap the blues for the prospect of trophyless seasons in London.