England international Raheem Sterling says he would consider leaving Manchester City and moving abroad after struggling to get regular playing time.
Sterling, 26, has struggled to hold down a regular place in Pep Guardiola’s side this calendar year following the arrival of compatriot Jack Grealish.
Speaking at the FT Business of Sport US summit, Sterling said: “If there was an opportunity to go somewhere else, (for more game time), I would be open to it at this moment in time.
“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, to play abroad.
“As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I have always had something down (in me) that maybe one day I would love to play abroad to see how I would come up against that challenge.
“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, score goals regularly.
“From being a young child, football has been the most important thing in my life, my most happiest I should say.
“If I want my happiness at a certain level I need to be playing football. I need to be scoring goals and enjoying myself.”
Meanwhile, City manager Guardiola maintains Sterling is still very much a key member of his squad, and he said last month: “Our incredible successes over the last few seasons would have been impossible without Raheem.
“He is such an important player, he reaches incredibly high standards and I have to tell him those are the standards he has to keep for himself and the team and I am sure he will return to that. I am optimistic he will have a very good season.”