Pep Guardiola has no concerns when it comes to Raheem Sterling’s future at Manchester City , with the England international regarded to be totally committed to the Blues no matter hinting at a future move to Real Madrid .
The Blancos have been credited with keeping a long-standing hobby in the 25-year-old.
Fresh hypothesis related to a switch to Spain has sparked on the back of City being stung with a two-year Champions League ban for alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations.
It is understood that Sterling is not actively looking for an exit , however he has been ruled anything out.
In an interview with AS , the City winger admitted that a switch to Santiago Bernabeu could appeal to him at some stage.
Guardiola is not about to go reading between the lines of that statement, with a key part of his plans tied to a contract through to 2023.
He told journalists when quizzed on Sterling’s comments: “The players are free to discuss about what they believe.
“I am completely certain about the dedication of our players.
“They have proven it for many, many years. No one is aware of what will happen, however right now the commitment for the last three months, every single game, I don’t have any doubts.”
Sterling is currently out of action with a hamstring injury.
He will not be ready to return to the fold when City face Leicester on Saturday, with fellow forward Leroy Sane additionally nursing his way back from a serious knee problem.
Guardiola stated when providing his latest fitness update: “All of them are ok, not one hundred per cent some of them.
“[David] Silva was smart to come off for the remaining minutes [against West Ham], Sterling is in the latter stage [of recovery]. He’s getting better.
“Sane is excellent as well, but of course he needs a little extra time after six months out.”
While Sterling is going through questions on his future at the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola is doing likewise.
He is, however, convinced that UEFA’s European ban will be overturned and that speculation will soon fade away.
“We can’t exchange what people think. I comprehend how hard we work,” he said of the FFP allegations.
“I am so proud about how tough we’ve worked all these years.
“No one helped us outside, we did it day by day, game through game.
“This is not finished, it’s no longer over, we appeal as a club and we see what happens.”