It’s not a good move – Sinclair warns quality Manchester City star not to join this club

Trevor Sinclair
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Former England international Trevor Sinclair has urged Raheem Sterling to stay at Manchester City amid interest over a transfer from Chelsea.

Sterling is keen on leaving Manchester City this summer as he is no longer considered a guaranteed starter at the club under Pep Guardiola.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel reportedly sees Sterling as the ideal replacement for Romelu Lukaku who is leaving for Inter Milan.

According to Sinclair, leaving Manchester City for Chelsea isn’t a good move for Sterling as Chelsea won’t compete for the title next season.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Sinclair revealed that he doesn’t believe Chelsea will be as competitive as Pep Guardiola’s side next season. 

When asked if he thought it’d be a good move for Sterling, Sinclair said: “I would say no because I don’t think Chelsea will be competitive with Man City and Liverpool next season.

“They’ve lost players, the club is in a transitional phase where they’ve lost a lot of players and they’ve got to do a lot of rebuilding.”

Sinclair continued: “They’ve got a new man at the helm [Boehly] to do that. I think there’s a hell of a lot of work for Chelsea to do this summer.

“Listen, Raheem is a quality player and a quality operator and Chelsea could compete next season, but the new owner has a big job on his hands.”

Sterling has entered the final year of his contract at Manchester City and is keeping his options open ahead of making a decision about his next move.

Manchester City would prefer to receive a fee for Sterling this summer rather than allowing him to leave for free in 12 months.

Manchester City reportedly want between £50-60 million for Sterling.

With Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez arriving at Manchester City this summer, Sterling believes his chances of starting games at Manchester City will reduce even further.

Guardiola has made a point during his time at Manchester City of not keeping players who are unhappy and is happy to let Sterling leave.