Pep Guardiola has urged Raheem Sterling to maintain his recent revival after the Manchester City forward was the subject of new speculation about his future. English forward Sterling has struggled to break into the City squad regularly since the final stages of last season. This recently led to renewed talk that the 26-year-old would consider a move away from the Premier League champions. Sterling’s former club Liverpool, as well as Barcelona and Arsenal, are all linked with the star.
But Sterling has scored in three of City’s last four games, including the key equalizer in Wednesday’s Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.
Guardiola responded to the forward’s revival by insisting it was only the first step as he tried to regain the form he so feared in City’s 2018-19 title win campaign.
“I am so happy for him, he has certainly helped us. He will fight to be better and better,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.
“It is important for goal scorers and wingers to score and provide assistance. He has been instrumental in what we have been doing in recent years.
“Scoring goals can give confidence to these types of guys, but he has to do better, be aggressive, go one on one, arrive in the last third. That’s the first step for him to come back.”
City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne remains unavailable for Sunday’s Premier League clash against West Ham at the Etihad Stadium following his positive test for coronavirus last week.
De Bruyne, who has been vaccinated, remains in isolation and Guardiola has revealed the Belgian has experienced symptoms.
“He’s still tired, no taste – the symptoms of Covid. Now he’s done seven or eight days of isolation,” Guardiola said.
“A few more days and we’ll give him a PCR test and if it’s negative he will be back.”
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