The 26-year-old has around 18 months left on his current contract with the champions and is stalling over extending his stay amid growing frustrations at a lack of first-team opportunities.
Previously a mainstay in the side, Sterling has only started two of City’s league matches this season and increasingly appears to be on the periphery of Pep Guardiola’s thinking.
With Sterling set to be out on contract in 2023, when he can leave on a free transfer, City are believed to be open to the prospect of cashing in either in January or preferably next summer.
That has alerted plenty of clubs to his potential availability, with the England international one of several high-profile players being considered by Newcastle’s new owners.
The Magpies were bought by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and are now the wealthiest owners in world football and boast a massive transfer kitty to try and turn the team into title contenders.
Arsenal have also been linked with Sterling, with former City coach Mikel Arteta having worked closely with the winger at the Etihad and the two are said to still have an ‘excellent relationship’.
Now Sterling has addressed the speculation surrounding his future and confirmed that he would be keen to join a new club if it meant he was guaranteed the regular playing time he has been denied by Guardiola.
Speaking to the Financial Times Business of Sport US summit on Thursday, Sterling said: ‘If there was the option to go somewhere else for more game time I would be open to it.
‘As I said football is the most important thing to me. Challenges that I have set myself from a young age and dreams as well.’
Of his current predicament, he added: ‘I’m not a person that’s going to complain. I’ve not tried to make it a bigger deal than it actually is. I get on with my work. Do what I need to do. And I’m just raring to go. Playing football matches regularly. Scoring goals regularly.
‘From a young child, football has been the most important thing in my life. My most happiest I should say. When I play football that is where I get my happiness from. And, of course, with family as well but football for me has a special place in my heart.
‘With everything that comes with football, money, being able to do nice things… at the end of the day, 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.’
Sterling also opened up the possibility of leaving the Premier League and joining a foreign club, having previously been linked with Real Madrid, while Barcelona are believed to be keen to try and loan the forward in January.
He continued: ‘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. See how I would come up against that challenge.’
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