Raheem Sterling admits he’s open to leaving Manchester City. Should Chelsea sign the winger?

Raheem Sterling has admitted he’s open to leaving Manchester City amid a lack of regular minutes at Etihad Stadium.

Sterling has spent the last six years of his career on City’s books, having initially been snapped up from Liverpool for £50 million ($68m) back in the summer of 2015.

Sterling told the Financial Times via Goal: “If there was the option to go somewhere else for more game time I would be open to it. As I said football is the most important thing to me.

“Challenges that I have set myself from a young age and dreams as well. As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I’ve always thought, you know, maybe one day I’d love to play abroad. See how I would come up against that challenge.”

Asked how he has dealt with a lack of regular minutes at Etihad Stadium in recent months, the 26-year-old added: “I’m not a person that’s going to complain. I’ve not tried to make it a bigger deal than it actually is. I get on with my work. Do what I need to do. And I’m just raring to go. Playing football matches regularly. Scoring goals regularly.

“From a young child, football has been the most important thing in my life. When I play football that is where I get my happiness from. And, of course, with family as well but football for me has a special place in my heart.

“With everything that comes with football, money, being able to do nice things … at the end of the day, if football for me is not at a certain standard I’m not really at my happiest. If I want my happiness at a certain level I need to be playing football. I need to be scoring goals and enjoying myself.”

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