- Raheem Sterling has started in just two of Man City’s seven Premier League games
- Yet the winger remains a key player for Gareth Southgate’s England team
- Roy Keane says Sterling has ‘obviously caused some stir’ with Pep Guardiola
- Ian Wright said Sterling has a right to know about his long-term future
Roy Keane believes there has been a rift between Raheem Sterling and his manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
England star Sterling, on the back of an impressive Euro 2020 with his country, has started just two of City’s seven Premier League games so far this season.
Despite a lack of starts, Gareth Southgate named the 26-year-old in his starting XI for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary and Keane says England bosses still rely on Sterling, something untoward in Manchester .
Roy Keane believes there is a rift between Raheem Sterling and Pep Guardiola
Keane said that Jack Grealish’s arrival in the city shows that something is happening at Etihado.
The former Manchester United captain said, “He (Southgate) is a big fan of Rahim, no matter what the problems with his club are. ITV.
‘She has great faith in Rahim, he will never let her down, he was always the one to start tonight…
‘Obviously there’s some hustle and bustle with Pep, there’s something going on, they brought in Grealish (for £100m over the summer).
‘You say he has 20 months left on his contract but 20 months is too far – he just needs to focus on his game.’
Sterling was named in Gareth Southgate’s England XI for this evening’s World Cup qualifiers
Ian Wright also believes Sterling has a right to explore its long-term future, with his deal at the Etihad expiring in June 2023.
The former Arsenal striker said: ‘It is no secret that something is going on with him and his manager.
‘He didn’t play very often at the end of last season and he played well at Euros. It is his right to find out his future in that club, tonight is his opportunity to claim it.’