“If you see the white shirt, you know exactly what the club stands for, it is huge”: Raheem Sterling greets “fantastic” Real Madrid while Spanish giants make plans for Manchester City star after the ban on the Champions League
- Raheem Sterling has been associated this week with a move to Real Madrid
- The 25-year-old has admitted that the Spanish giants are a ‘fantastic’ club
- Sterling was able to leave Manchester City after a two-year ban on the Champions League
Raheem Sterling insists that he is “really happy” in Manchester City, despite his admiration for Real Madrid.
The 25-year-old was associated this week with a move to the Bernabeu after City’s two-year ban on the Champions League due to violations of Financial Fair Play rules.
But he would not be guided by the question whether this will lead to an abrupt departure from Etihad Stadium this summer.
Raheem Sterling insists that he “is really happy in Manchester City, despite the talk about a departure
Sterling Sterling appeared on the front of the Spanish sports newspaper AS
The 25-year-old has been associated with a summer move to the Spanish giants Real Madrid
“I’m in City right now and I’m really happy,” he said AS.
“But I say that Real Madrid is a fantastic club, when you see the white shirt, you know exactly what the club stands for, it’s huge. But at the same time I now have a contract with City and I have to respect this. But it’s a fantastic club.
“It’s something you see all the time, but I am a City player and I enjoy it right now, even if things didn’t go as planned in the competition.”
His agent, Aidy Ward, confirmed Sterling’s commitment to City this week and said, “Raheem is focused solely on Manchester City and will not be distracted by club transfers at this time.”
Sterling admitted, “when you see the white shirt, you know exactly what the club stands for”
City finds 22 points drifting from Liverpool in the Premier League, but goes to Real Madrid next week for the first leg of their Champions League final-16 draw.
Sterling admits: “We now have a huge opportunity in the Champions League, but I keep saying Real Madrid is a fantastic club, the weather is great, but I keep saying I’m quite happy in City.”
Defeat may be City’s last involvement in the competition for some time after the UEFA ruling last week.
The club will appeal the decision to the Arbitration Court for Sport, but the consequences are already being felt.
Sterling is currently on the side due to an injury sustained during the defeat by Tottenham
According to The sunReal Spanish giants were already planning to deposit £ 180 million for the English star Sterling for Friday’s shock news.
Now they will step up their efforts, knowing that City must tighten their belts if they miss a £ 170 million Champions League bonanza.
Sterling, 25, is under contract for three more years at Etihad Stadium and talks started in November to raise his salary from £ 300,000 a week to £ 450,000 a week.
He was sidelined by an injury since Tottenham’s 2-0 loss at the start of the month, but returned to training this week.
He fights for the next two games of City against Leicester and Madrid if he can prove his condition.