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Pep Guardiola says he never would have sold Raheem Sterling to Arsenal in the last summer’s transfer window.
Arsenal tried to sign Sterling during the last window but were knocked back. The Gunners hoped to use City’s interest in Sanchez to sign Sterling but Guardiola wasn’t having any of that.
The Spanish tactician has now revealed that there was never a chance of Sterling joining Arsenal.
“We were clear when Arsenal wanted him we said, ‘No, that’s not going to happen’. Daily Star reports Guardiola said.
“He’s still young and we hope to make him happy so that he can stay for longer.
“All the credit is Raheem’s. Of course I believe in him.
“But I also believe in the players who don’t play regularly – Ilkay Gundogan, Danilo, Bernardo Silva.
“I didn’t discover Raheem, the player he is. The quality is his talent. He did it at Liverpool .
“He played amazing and that’s why City paid a lot of money for him.”
Sterling has however been continuously linked with a move to Arsenal as the January transfer window approaches. In a bid to end any hopes of signing the 22 year old, City are understood to have opened talks with him regarding a new deal.
The England international has scored 13 goals thus far this season, helping his team maintain an unbeaten start this campaign.
With the kind of form he is in, at the moment, I am sure every Gooner will be hoping what might have been had City agreed to use him in their quest to sign Sanchez during the summer.