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Update On This Manchester City Forward Amid Links With Chelsea: Should Guardiola Cut Him Loose?

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In a recent report from Daily Mail, it is being mentioned that Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling is being shown keen interest from Chelsea, as he looks to exit this summer. It is also mentioned that Sterling has a few possible destinations including Spanish giants Real Madrid who are also interested in signing him as his contract runs out this summer.

Sterling’s Campaign For Manchester City This Season

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a decent campaign and produced some impressive displays throughout the season despite losing his way in the starting XI. He has managed to score 17 goals and create eight assists over 47 appearances for the Sky Blues across all competitions.

The Jamaica-born sensation has shown his class performing consistently after averaging 1.9 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He has also been decent with his ball distribution, as he has completed 85.4% of his attempted passes in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Raheem Sterling and John Stones of England battle for the ball during an England Training Session at St Georges Park on June 03, 2022, in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Should Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Cut Him Loose?

Sterling can use his pace and quickness to get behind the opposition backline from the left flank, and he excels at creating space for himself. This allows him to create some clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities in the attacking end of the field. The winger can even chip in with a few assists creating meaningful chances in front of the goal using his wide array of crossing abilities.

At 27, Sterling has proven to be a deadly attacker and can continue to improve each season. Furthermore, he is primarily a left-winger but remains versatile enough to play in any position in the final third.

It would still be wise for Pep Guardiola to keep him at Etihad Stadium for a couple more seasons by offering him a contract extension, but at this point of his career, the England international will be looking to feature as a regular starter which could be offered by other clubs.

Following Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez’s arrival at City, Raheem sterling’s position remains threatened at the Etihad Club and a move away would be for the better.

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