Raheem Sterling says he knew he would not be going to Arsenal
Last Updated: 16/10/17 3:29pm
Raheem Sterling claims he did not give a moment's thought to rumours linking him with a deadline-day move from Manchester City to Arsenal.
The England international was mentioned as a possible bargaining chip when City stepped up their efforts to bring Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez to the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the summer transfer window in August.
But, with manager Pep Guardiola unwilling to let Sterling go, City made only cash offers for Sanchez - eventually up to £60m - and no deal materialised.
Sterling has gone on to play a full part in City's superb start to the season and, speaking to the media on Monday ahead of City's Champions League clash with Napoli, he said he never thought he would be part of a player-exchange deal.
"I didn't need to speak with him (Guardiola), because I had already spoken to him during the summer about pre-season," said the England man.
"I didn't have any negative thoughts or anything bad about it.
"I just woke up one day with England and saw it, and I didn't believe a word of it until I heard something from the manager - then I would believe it.
"It wasn't something I was worried about because Pep is an honest guy, and he would have spoken to me about it before that.
"So, I didn't need to worry about it, and I didn't think about it, not for one minute."
The in-form Sterling has seven goals to his name this season already and is not interested in a move elsewhere.
"I signed for five years here," he said.
"I've got two-and-a-half years left, and I see myself here and playing my football here under a great manager with a
Sterling puts his continuing improvement down to the influence of Guardiola, adding: "He's been massive for me, especially with the simple stuff.
"He always tries to get you to do the simple stuff at the top level and that is the real genius thing about him.
"He makes sure you do the simple things and it works."
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