Raheem Sterling admits his lack of football at Manchester City has left him ‘not happy’ after a frustrating personal season at the Etihad.
Sterling has been amongst Man City‘s most important players in recent seasons, but found his role reduced during the 2020/21 campaign, the winger’s minutes restricted following a series of indifferent showings and competition from the likes of Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez.
The 26-year-old was left out of the starting side for both legs of City’s Champions League quarter-final and semi-final ties, his inclusion in the XI for the final defeat to Chelsea coming as a surprise given his downturn in fortunes.
Sterling has been linked with a potential exit this summer with both Tottenham and Arsenal mooted as potential destinations for the England international, who admits he has been unhappy at his lack of playing time for the Premier League champions.
“It is just happiness, just being happy, enjoying my football and that is what I am doing being here with the national team,” said Sterling at a press conference ahead of England’s game with Czech Republic.
“If you’re not playing, you’re not happy. That’s me, that’s been me since I was a kid, if I’m playing football I am really happy, if I’m not I’m not happy.”