Why Pep Guardiola is happy for Raheem Sterling to join Chelsea

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Raheem Sterling is being linked with a move to Chelsea this summer amid reports of a Manchester City exit.

The England international has just one year left on his Manchester City contract and is keen on leaving the club to secure a regular starting spot.

Sterling started just five of Manchester City’s 12 Champions League games season.

He started 23 of Manchester City’s 38 Premier League games last season, down five from the previous campaign and seven from the 2019/20 season.

According to former Manchester City midfielder Steve McManaman, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola won’t be bothered about Sterling joining Chelsea because they are not title contenders.

Speaking to Horseracing.net, he said: “I think it’ll (Chelsea) be a good move for Raheem because he’s an excellent player.

“There is the fact that you’re letting one of your players go to a title rival, but Pep Guardiola might be happy for him to do that because he knows he’s going to keep Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish.

“Pep let Leroy Sane leave a couple of years ago and we all thought he was a really good player. They still continued to go on and win the league.

“You just have to trust Pep and what he wants to do, and what the player wants.

“If the player wants to play more games and tells the manager they want to leave, then that’s football now.”

He added: “Manchester City are the favourites for all the trophies next year. Chelsea are not.

“Chelsea have lost players and I’d say the players at Manchester City have got a better chance of being successful.

“There are too many question marks around Chelsea at the moment regarding the takeover; which players are leaving, a number of their hierarchy leaving, which players are going to come in and how large a transfer budget they’ve got.”