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Guardiola: 'I cannot guarantee how many minutes each player will play'
Pep Guardiola claims he can't guarantee Raheem sterling a greater role at Manchester City, and insists that the England forward must fight for it like all others.
Sterling, 26, who has a contract that expires in 2023, stated that he is open for a move abroad if he doesn't play any more.
The City boss stated that Raheem was our player and would be an important player for us.
"Some players would like to play every day, but I cannot guarantee that."
Guardiola stated that players must speak on the grass, not Raheem or all of them.
He said, "They have the chance because they know that they're going play minutes. I don't play only 11 players and then that's it." They all are involved.
"What I want Raheem to do for everyone is for them all to be happy."
"The players must be satisfied to be here"
Sterling has only started one Premier League match since the start of the season. However, he was part Guardiola's line-up in the Champions League group stage loss by Paris St-Germain on the 28th September.
Guardiola has been less able to compete for forward positions at City due to the arrival of Jack Grealish, England team-mate from Aston Villa, for 100m. However Ferran Torres has not returned from injury and Guardiola has no other options.
Sterling, who moved from Liverpool to City in 2015, has won the Premier League three more times, the FA Cup once, and the EFL Cup four times. However, it is understood that he won't think about signing a new contract until he starts playing regularly again.
Guardiola said that he didn't know anything about Sterling's interview at FT Business of Sport US, where he suggested he might leave the country.
They must be happy to be at the club. They can make the final decision for the best interests of the club members if this is not the case.
"I completely understand. "I was a football player, and I always wanted to play every day. This isn't an exception. Raheem is not the only one who wants to play 90 minutes every game, but I can't give it.
They must improve their skills and be happy on the pitch every time they train.
Torres could be out of work for up to 3 months
Torres participated in the Nations League games for Spain during international break
Guardiola revealed that Torres will be out of action for three months due to a broken foot.
According to reports, the 21-year old Spain attacker suffered a serious injury in the Nations League semifinal against Italy. However, he still played against France in final.
Guardiola said he had no problem with the way the national team handled the player.
"Injuries can occur here, at home or the national teams - they happen," stated the 50-year old, who will not be able to play at Burnley on Saturday. Gabriel Jesus and Ederson were playing for Brazil against Uruguay on Thursday.
"I know Luis Enrique, the manager from Spain. He treats Ferran as well as possible.
"He doesn’t want him to be injured." They do their best to prevent it from happening, but sometimes it does."