Raheem Sterling has hinted that he was unhappy at times for Manchester City in the 2020/21 season.
Sterling had been a virtually ever-present figure under Pep Guardiola during his time at the Etihad Stadium, proving instrumental in the City manager’s successful spell in Manchester.
Last season, the 26-year-old made 31 appearances in the Premier League – with 28 of them being starts and three from the bench, but it was his absence from the bigger matches that shocked many people watching on.
Guardiola left Sterling on the bench for massive Champions League clashes towards the end of last season – with the former Liverpool star not starting in any of the quarter-final or semi-final clashes.
Now, Sterling has admitted he was unhappy during times of the last campaign where he wasn’t featuring under Guardiola, which has further added to the speculation that he could leave Manchester this summer.
“It is just happiness, just being happy, enjoying my football and that is what I am doing being here with the national team,” he said when talking about the contrast with England during Euro 2020.
“If you’re not playing, you’re not happy. That’s me, that’s been me since I was a kid, if I’m playing football I am really happy, if I’m not I’m not happy.”
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Sterling has just over two years remaining on his deal with City, but the Telegraph reported earlier this month that the newly-crowned Premier League champions will hold talks with their winger over a new and improved deal following the conclusion of Euro 2020.
The England international started the Euros in fine fashion, scoring the only goal of the game as the Three Lions got off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win against Croatia at Wembley.
However, Sterling was fairly quiet – as were the other attackers in Gareth Southgate’s side – in England’s goalless draw with Scotland last Friday in London.