Raheem Sterling has revealed his full-proof plan to focus on Euro 2020 amid talk of a surprise move to Arsenal this summer.
And that’s to ignore any speculation regarding his future by avoiding social media.
Prior to Manchester City’s Champions League final defeat against Chelsea last month, there was talk that Sterling could be one of the players offloaded by Pep Guardiola in a bid to freshen up the squad.
According to the Daily Mail, Sterling’s potential availability was to be of interest to Arsenal supporters, with their club said to be keen on signing the England international, as well as Riyad Mahrez.
Whilst the Algeria international has already come out to rubbish talk of a switch to the Emirates Stadium, Sterling has broken his silence on Man City’s ‘transfer decision’.
Although, he hasn’t exactly ruled out leaving the Premier League champions this summer as he’s only revealed how he deals with all the transfer speculation.
“Do what they done before we had social media. Don’t check anything, don’t look at anything,” he told talkSPORT. “That’s the most important thing.”
Sterling’s admission comes after he reflected on his time with Mikel Arteta whilst the Arsenal manager was Guardiola’s assistant head coach at the Etihad Stadium.
“[Arteta is] a person that had a lot of say here [at Man City]. The manager trusted him here and he had a lot of influence on the players here and the team as well,” he said.
“So I knew once he went into Arsenal that it would be a great opportunity for him but also he would definitely implement what he wanted to bring in.
“And he’s a person that will put his foot down and not let things slide as you can see with the boys at Arsenal.
“They know if they don’t run they are most likely not going to play.”
The summer window is officially open, and it’s going to be tough to keep up with the comings and goings in and out of the Emirates.
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Sterling has also spotted what has happened to the Arsenal players since Arteta’s appointment.
“You can see the change that he’s brought in there, you can see the energy, you can see how much he’s put into them with their off-ball work,” he added. “We all knew before Mikel got in how much good football they could play, how technically good they were but probably off the field they weren’t as aggressive as they are with Mikel.
“They run their socks off now, you can see why they benefited with some good results recently.”