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Guardiola opens the Manchester City exit door for Raheem Sterling

The forward’s been linked with Barcelona

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Pep Guardiola has offered his thoughts on Raheem Sterling’s future amid speculation he could leave Manchester City and move to Barcelona.

The Catalan giants are reportedly interested in the England international who admitted on Thursday in an interview he wants regular football and could be tempted abroad.

Guardiola told a pre-match press conference on Friday that if Sterling isn’t happy at the Etihad Stadium then he can leave.

“What I want from Raheem and everyone is they have to be satisfied to be here and delighted to be in this club,” he said.

“If that’s not the case they are free to take the best decision for the player and his family. Not just Raheem, all of them want to play every game but I cannot assure them. They have to improve every training session and be there on the pitch and try to be happy there.”

Pep also seemed pretty surprised by Sterling’s comments what asked what he thought about the forward’s recent interview.

“I didn’t know it and I think the club neither,” he said. “Raheem is our player, hopefully he will [continue to] be an incredibly important player for us. I don’t know if he wants to play more game time like Riyad [Mahrez], who doesn’t play and he doesn’t complain, like João [Cancelo] doesn’t play and he doesn’t complain.”

Manchester City also confirmed earlier in the day that Ferran Torres will be out for three months with a fractured foot which may have an impact on whether Sterling stays at the club for the rest of the season.