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Pep Hits Back At Sterling's Surprise Exit Comments

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has responded to Raheem Sterling's shock comments about wanting to leave.

Read: Man City Star Unhappy Under Pep?

Sterling recently revealed that he is 'open' to leaving the Manchester outfit if there was an option for more game time elsewhere.

Guardiola, however, claimed he nor the club were aware that the 26-year-old is open to finding a new club after dropping down the pecking order.

"I didn't know it. I didn't think the club knew," Guardiola said, as per Goal.

“Raheem is our player, hopefully he will be an incredibly important player for us. I don't know if he wants to play more. Riyad [Mahrez] doesn't play and he doesn't complain, Joao [Cancelo] too.

“I cannot assure them, I cannot assure how many minutes each one plays. Always they have to speak on the pitch. Not Raheem, all of them. They know they are going to play minutes, all of them are involved. What I want from Raheem and everyone is they have to be satisfied to be here and delighted to be here.

“If that's not the case he has to take the best decision for his family. I was a player, I understand completely, I wanted to play. All of them want to play every game but I cannot assure them.

“They have to improve every training session and be there on the pitch.”

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