Roy Keane believes there has been a bust-up between Raheem Sterling and his manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
England star Sterling, off 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 his 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 while the England boss still trusts Sterling, something is untoward in Manchester.
Roy Keane believes there has been a bust-up between Raheem Sterling and Pep Guardiola
Keane added that Jack Grealish’s arrival at City shows that something is up at the Etihad
‘He’s (Southgate) is a big fan of Raheem, no matter his problems with his club,’ the ex-Manchester United captain told ITV.
‘He’s got huge confidence in Raheem, he’s never going to let him down, he was always going to start tonight…
‘There’s obviously some bust-up with Pep, there’s something going on there, they’ve brought Grealish in (for £100m in the summer).
‘You say 20 months left on his contract but 20 months is a long way away – he just needs to focus on his game.’
Sterling was named in Gareth Southgate’s England XI for the World Cup qualifier this evening
Ian Wright also believes that Sterling has a right to find out about his long-term future, with his deal at the Etihad expiring in June 2023.
‘There’s no secret that there’s something going on with him and his manager,’ the ex-Arsenal striker said.
‘He didn’t play too often at the end of last season and he played well at the Euros. It’s his right to find out his future at that club, tonight is his opportunity to stake a claim.’