Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has said that he is raring to go in a new season with the Premier League champions, amid talk of a move to Arsenal.
It was reported earlier this summer that Pep Guardiola was willing to sell Sterling as he attempted a squad revamp ahead of the new season.
With just two years remaining on his current deal at the Etihad Stadium and no sign of a renewal on the horizon, it was suggested that he was the most sellable asset in the current squad, especially with the record-breaking arrival of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
This led to links with Arsenal, with it being reported that Sterling could be reunited with former City coach Mikel Arteta in north London.
With the new season kicking off tonight, the 26-year-old remains the property of the current Premier League champions and Sterling has silenced any transfer talk by hailing his return to club action and outlining plans for the season ahead following Euro 2020.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “It is great to be back. The first few days are a bit rusty, but it is great to be back. I had a great summer holiday for a week or so, and now I am raring to get back to training.
“It is exciting and it is a season that I am really looking forward to. I have got all my energy and attention to focus on going into the season and I am really looking forward to it, to be honest.”
Ironically, Sterling will be travelling to north London on the opening weekend of the season but not to sign for Arsenal – instead facing off with Spurs.
The winger has already turned his attention to a fast start for him and his teammates as they hunt a fourth Premier League title in the last five years.
“We have enjoyed [being champions], but it is finished, it is done,” Sterling continued. “The last season is over and done with, so we are not going to get the trophy again this year by looking back at last season.
“We know what we have to do, we have to come out fast in the league and just play our football, that is the most important thing.”
Source by Football London