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Raheem Sterling says he’s open to a move abroad amid Barcelona rumors

‘I need to be playing football’

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Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling says he’s open to a move abroad amid speculation he’s wanted at the Camp Nou by Barcelona.

There’s been speculation the Catalan giants could move for Sterling in January, initially on loan, and that the 26-year-old is “crazy” about joining the Catalan giants.

Sterling has now spoken out about the possibility of a move with comments that are likely to fuel speculation about his future.

“If there was the option to go somewhere else for more game time I would be open to it …” he said.

“As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I’ve always thought: ‘You know, maybe one day I’d love to play abroad and see how I would come up against that challenge.’”

The England international faces stiff competition for minutes at Manchester City but may see more game time now it’s been confirmed Ferran Torres is out with a fractured foot.

Sterling has struggled for game time at City this season, making just two Premier League starts, but made it clear he wants to play regularly.

“If football for me is not at a certain standard I’m not really at my happiest. If I want my happiness at a certain level I need to be playing football. I need to be scoring goals. And enjoying myself.”

Source | The Guardian

Barca have said there is some money to spend in January, despite the club’s financial crisis, but any move for Sterling may depend on whether Ousmane Dembele renews his contract at the Camp Nou.