Reports have recently emerged that Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is being scouted by local rivals Manchester United, but the Cityzens have now come out to deny these rumors.
The Independent (via The Express) suggests that a European ban on Man City might see some of their star players leave the team with United expected to pounce on that advantage and lure Sterling to Old Trafford.
Even though the reports further indicate that a move to Real Madrid is more likely for Sterling, United will be in the race for Sterling’s signature if he is available.
“In other words, if he becomes available, United will go for him,” Miguel Delaney wrote for the Independent.
Now, The Metro is reporting on Man City’s response to the rumors, claiming that ‘City are completely unconcerned by United’s interest in Sterling and have no intention of allowing the winger to leave the club’.
The paper says that the Cityzens are ‘more confident than ever of keeping’ Sterling at the club with the two parties in talks over a possible new deal.
The report adds: ‘The club remain intent on keeping him and are more confident than ever that he will stay for his peak years given a ‘window of opportunity’ has been eradicated thanks to the pandemic’.
The 25-year-old England international still has three years remaining on his current deal at City.