Raheem Sterling decides on Man City future amid Champions League ban

Raheem Sterling is fully committed to Manchester City as they battle to overturn their European exile.

Real Madrid are already being linked with a £150million summer move for England star Sterling In the wake of City’s two year Champions League ban.

But Sterling is insisting his only focus is on City and will not be distracted by any transfer talk, European ban and helping his club achieve more success is at the forefront of his mind.

City face Real Madrid in the Champions League later this month and Sterling’s commitment amid the uncertainty will be a massive boost for Pep Guardiola.

The England star has become the first City player to clarify his immediate future.

Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward said: “Raheem is solely focused on Manchester City and will not be distracted by any talk of transfers to any club at the moment.”

City are confident of overturning UEFA’s two-year Champions League ban and are updating the players on their appeal process on a daily basis.

But Europe’s top clubs are already circling and City – who have been keen to tie down Sterling to a new deal – will know they face a fight to keep their top stars if they are banned from the Champions League for two seasons.

City were hit with the shock punishment by UEFA after being found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play rules and are also facing a Premier League investigation.

It is an unprecedented move by UEFA and has had huge consequences already on City as they know it is a major threat to the club as a European force.

City boss Guardiola has been supportive of the club’s plight as they battle to get the ban overturned or at least reduced on appeal.

They are preparing to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport who earlier this season reduced Chelsea ’s transfer ban on appeal from two windows to one.

City also believe they have enough evidence to win their case and have been telling the players about the whole process with regular updates while also publicly protesting their innocence and are confident of making a successful appeal.

But that has not stopped Europe’s top clubs from looking at City players who could easily become unsettled by the prospect of not being able to play in Europe’s top competition.

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