Why Man City must keep hold of Raheem Sterling amidst Real interest
Real Madrid have identified Raheem Sterling as their next potential big-name signing and will watch him in action over the international break later this month. Their scouts will travel to watch the winger against Montenegro on November 14 before a trip to Kosovo three days later, claims the report.
Gareth Bale, meanwhile, has sought an exit from the club and it remains to be seen if Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola would be interested in the Welshman. That being said, City would be better off rejecting Real Madrid’s offer of £70million plus Bale.
Raheem Sterling is one of the many City players who have improved massively since Guardiola took over at the Etihad Stadium. In fact, he has established himself as one of the best forwards across Europe in the last couple of years.
The England international netted 17 goals and assisted 12 times in the league, helping the Cityzens to the domestic treble last season.
The 24-year-old has hit the ground running in the new campaign as he already has 13 goals and five assists in 15 appearances across all competitions.
Sterling has added a lot of consistency to his game and his ability to finish off chances in a blink of an eye has made him a terror for the defenders in the Premier League.
Although he can still be a bit wasteful in front of goal, as long as he continues to get himself in these positions, Sterling is going to bag an awful lot of goals, especially in this City side. The ex-Liverpool ace has immense experience and is a serious part of the England national side. At 24, Sterling has loads of potential and with time, he can only get better.
As far as Bale is concerned, the Welshman has struggled with various injury problems over the last few years at Real Madrid. Despite Bale’s awful injury record, he remains a world-class player and would improve any Premier League side.
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However, the Wales international has turned 30 and is apparently on the decline. The ex-Tottenham star needs a change of environment to reignite his career but City must simply avoid signing him.
Allowing Sterling, one of the best players in the Premier League, to join Real Madrid in exchange for money and Bale would simply be foolish on City’s part. Thus, Guardiola should keep hold of the England international at any cost.