Raheem Sterling drops Man City transfer hint to Real Madrid before Champions League tie

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Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has admitted that Real Madrid is a “fantastic” club, and he is always open to new challenges, amid links to Zinedine Zidane’s side. But, the England international confirmed his commitment to City, and he intends to honour his contract.

Real Madrid have been looking at the possibility of signing Sterling this summer.

They were hoping that City’s ban from the Champions League would tempt Sterling to quit the Etihad Stadium.

But, his agent has shut down transfer links to the Spanish capital, insisting that Sterling has no intention of leaving the Etihad Stadium.

The player has also shot down reports that he could be leaving City at the end of the season, although he admitted that nobody knows what the future holds.

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“It’s one of those things,” Sterling told AS. “Right now I’m at City and I’m really happy. But I say Real Madrid are a fantastic club.

“When you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club stands for – it’s massive.

“But, at the same time, I have a contract with City now and I have to respect this. But it’s a fantastic club.”

When asked about his thoughts on Real Madrid’s reported interest in him, Sterling added: “It’s something that you see all the time, but I’m a City player and I’m enjoying it at the moment, even if things haven’t gone quite to plan in the league.

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“We now have a massive opportunity in the Champions League.

“I keep saying Real Madrid is a fantastic club, there’s lovely weather.

“But I keep saying that I am quite happy at City.”

Sterling has previously revealed that it’s his dream to play football abroad.

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The England international was asked about whether he could see himself playing for Real Madrid one day.

“How do I answer that one?” Sterling joked. “Is the camera live or is it just taking pictures?

“No-one knows what the future will hold. I am a player and I am always open to challenges.

“But right now, my challenge is at Manchester City. In the future, hopefully, who knows…”

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Sterling still has three years left on his current contract, but talks over a new deal have been ongoing since November.

They’re in negotiations over a new £450,000-a-week contract; a 33 per cent increase on his current deal.

Sterling’s future had been questioned at City, after the Citizens were handed a two-year ban from European competitions by UEFA last week.

City have already revealed plans to appeal the decision, with the case being taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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