Cape Town - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
is expected to welcome back Raheem Sterling with open arms when he
returns to the club on Tuesday.
Manchester City insiders claim the Catalan sent the winger a text
last week following Sterling's bust-up with England colleague Joe Gomez,
which resulted in Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate excluding the
winger from selection for the Euro 2020 qualifier 7-0 rout against
The pair had to be separated in the England canteen after the in-form
Etihad star allegedly grabbed Liverpool defender Gomez by the neck just
24 hours after the pair had a confrontation during the Citizens' 3-1
defeat at Anfield.
Sterling was quick to issue an apology and it is understood his
employers at City have no plans to further discipline their man, but
club insiders have stated Guardiola will make sure the player is okay
and reminded of his responsibilities.
The 24-year-old came in from the cold on Sunday for England's 4-0 win
over Kosovo, providing the assists for Spurs striker Harry Kane and
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford to get on the scoresheet.
Sterling has become a huge role model during the last 18 months -
thanks to his star-studded displays for both club and country - in
addition to calling out the continued stain of racism in football.
City will need the £50m forward focused and firing when they face
Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal over the next month in the
The reigning champions have slipped nine points behind Liverpool at
the top of the table although Guardiola remains convinced his team can
play themselves back into contention - just as they did last season when
overhauling a ten-point gap to the Kopites.
Sterling has bagged 14 goals in 17 appearances for City this season
and has become one of the first names on Guardiola's team-sheet as a
It is understood the Spanish tactician wants to draw a line under
recent events and will challenge Sterling to remind the public just why
he is now considered one of the best players in the world.
- TeamTalk Media