Sterling never considered joining Arsenal


Raheem Sterling never doubted that Pep Guardiola wanted to keep him at Manchester City following interest from Arsenal in the summer.

The England worldwide was linked with a move to the Emirates in the summer as the Gunners wanted to include the former Liverpool man in any deal that would take Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City. "I didn't have any negative thoughts about it", he explained.

Manchester City lined up Sanchez for a move but their pursuit fell through on the final day of the transfer window as Arsenal failed to land Thomas Lemar from Monaco. "I didn't need to worry about it". "I signed for five years", he said.

"I've got two-and-a-half years left, and I see myself here and playing my football here under a great manager with a great team".

The former Barcelona boss evidently regards Sterling as a key part of his plans moving forward, and this has been shown by the winger's involvement in City's stellar start to the Premier League campaign. Each time that things don't go your way, you've got to keep working hard and keep trying to be the player that you know you want to be.

Such a deal never came to pass, however, with Guardiola later insisting that it was actually Arsenal that sought to make the England worldwide part of negotiations, to which he replied there was "zero chance".

City host Napoli today and Sterling wants to continue his stellar form with the World Cup in Russian Federation at the close of the campaign.

Indeed, Sterling is focused upon events on the pitch, with his career-best haul of 11 goals in the 2014-15 season for Liverpool already in his sights.

"I need to continue focusing on getting in the goal-scoring areas", Sterling said.

"I'm always building and trying to improve on the year before".

Sterling praised Guardiola's contribution to his game.

"He's been massive for me, especially with basic and the simple stuff", Sterling told a news conference ahead of City's Champions League Group F clash with Napoli on Tuesday. They make high pressing and fantastic buildup in the middle. "The goalkeeper [Pepe Reina] is also good; the leader of his team-mates, he has the quality to make the buildup".



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