Arsenal report: Raheem Sterling gives verdict on possible move to north London
According to rumours, Arsenal transfer target Raheem Sterling does not want to play at the Emirates Stadium and has no intention of moving there.
In recent months, the England international has been mentioned in connection with a possible transfer to the Gunners.
At this point in time, Sterling is not assured to start for Manchester City, and it is believed that he is thinking about his future options.
The forward’s current term at the Etihad Stadium is set to expire in 2023, and conversations over a new contract have not made any forward.
“If there was an opportunity to go somewhere else, I’d be open to it at this moment in time,” Sterling said in October, speaking at the Financial Times’ Business of Sport US Summit.
The Athletic reports that Sterling has put off further conversations with City over a contract until after England’s matches in the Nations League in the month of June.
The ex-Liverpool player has not ruled out the idea of signing new terms with his present employers and has left the door open for future negotiations.
According to the source, even if he decides to go for greener pastures either this summer or next, he will not contemplate moving to Arsenal or Tottenham. This might happen either this summer or next.
It has been reported that both of the north London clubs are monitoring Sterling’s situation, but the 27-year-old does not seem to have a strong interest in any of them.
If he does decide to take on new challenges, though, he anticipates doing so by signing with one of the heavyweight teams in Europe.
In the aforementioned interview that took place in October, Sterling said that he would welcome the opportunity to compete in leagues other than the Premier League in the future.
“I keep saying football is the most important thing to me, challenges that I’ve set myself from a young age and dreams, as well to be honest with you, dreams to play abroad,” he added.
“As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I have always had something that maybe one day I’d love to play abroad and see how I would come up against that challenge.
“To be fair I should be learning a few different languages. I quite like the French accent and Spanish.”