Ex-Manchester City goalkeeper David James has warned Raheem Sterling that moving clubs in a World Cup year does come with its own risks.
The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Chelsea in recent days and, although James is confident that the England star could adapt quickly, it is something that the player will have to keep in mind:
“You do question, given how soon the World Cup is, and what can happen with a move – like with Manchester to London, for example – there might not be the external adjustment that could affect form. He’s an experienced player so you would like to think that he would handle that. If there is a move and it is to Chelsea or Real Madrid, it shouldn’t be a problem for Raheem. He’s more than capable of doing the performances on the field. It’s a pat on the back for Raheem.”
Sterling has just a year left on his contract and, while City are believed to be keen on keeping the winger, he has made it known that he won’t make a decision on his future until he returns from international duty.
Arsenal and Tottenham have also been credited with an interest in Sterling, but Real Madrid are likely to be the favorites for his signature. The forward has expressed an interest in playing abroad previously, and with the La Liga champions looking to strengthen their frontline after losing out on Kylian Mbappe, they could soon step up their pursuit of the City player.