Sterling says he paid no attention to Arsenal’s reported interest in signing him this summer and insists he wants to stay at Manchester City for the long-term.
“I didn’t need to speak to Guardiola because I already spoke to him in the summer about pre-season,” he said at a press conference. “I didn’t have any negative thoughts or anything about it, I just woke up one day with England and didn’t believe a word of it, and I wouldn’t have until I spoke to the manager.
“It wasn’t something that I was worried about because Pep is an honest guy and he would’ve spoken to me before that if City wanted to sell me, so I didn’t need to worry about it and I didn’t think about it for one minute.”
“I signed for five years. I have two and a half years left and I see myself here, playing football here under a great manager and with a great team, so of course I want to stay. It’s a massive year for me, massive year for the team, I just need to keep building, keep working hard and go to the World Cup on a positive.”