Raheem Sterling, the Manchester City forward has said that his dream as kid has been to play abroad after doing it in the Premiership for years at the highest level with Liverpool and Manchester City.
Playing time has not been coming regularly for the England international as he has just made two Premier League starts this season. This doesn’t sit well with the player.
Speaking about his desire for regular playing time, Sterling at the FT Business of Sport US Summit, said: “If there was the opportunity to go somewhere else (for more game time), I would be open to it at this moment in time.
“As I said, football is the most important thing to me – challenges that I have set myself from a young age and dreams as well, to play abroad.
“As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I have always had something down (in me) that maybe one day I would love to play abroad to see how I would come up against that challenge.
On having few starting chances this season, Sterling has this to say: “I’m not a person that’s going to complain. I’ve not tried to make it a bigger deal than it actually is.”
“I get on with my work, do what I need to do. And I’m just raring to go – playing football matches regularly, score goals regularly.”
Following England’s defeat to Italy on penalties in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka were all targets for social media trolls after missing spot-kicks in the shoot-out.
Sterling has this to say about the incident. “I feel when it is mentioned (as) racist abuse, I don’t feel like it’s taken as seriously as if you would mention certain other topics.
“You are coming to work, to do your utmost best to try and win a football match, to step up and be counted, to take a penalty for your country.”
“I don’t think a lot of people understand the pressure that some people are under.
“I generally believe that the boys were confident and then, of course, missing which, as a player, no-one likes to miss a penalty.
“But at the same time, you have to have that confidence, have that belief within yourself to step up with millions of people watching you.”