Raheem Sterling leaving Manchester City for either Real Madrid or Barcelona is ‘inevitable’.
That is according to former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness, who insists the Premier League champions cannot satisfy the England star’s needs.
City have been banned by UEFA from European competition for the next two seasons for breaking Financial Fair Play rules.
The news has led to rumours that some of the club’s top stars could leave the Etihad in the near future in order to continue playing in the Champions League .
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Sterling, who came on against Los Blancos in City’s 2-1 Champions League win on Wednesday night, spoke of his admiration for Real last week while insisting he was happy at the moment in Manchester.
Souness believes City will be able to keep hold of their star men for next season at least but says it is inevitable Sterling will join one of the La Liga giants eventually.
“I think not all of [the City players] could go and play for Real Madrid or Barcelona,” Souness said on Virgin Media Sport.
“You go through them and certainly the two [Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne] we’re talking about could.
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“I think the player and whoever advises them will be sitting back and waiting to see how the appeal pans out.
“I don’t think anything will happen at the end of this season but I think Sterling will ultimately end up at Real Madrid or Barcelona, I think he’s that good and given his age I think it’s inevitable.
“I don’t think City will be able to satisfy his needs going forward.
“When I say needs, in terms of playing for arguably the biggest one out there.”
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Sterling has only just returned from injury for City so was not risked to start in the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
But he helped Pep Guardiola ’s men change the game in his 20 minute cameo appearance.
After having a hand in Gabriel Jesus’s equaliser the midfielder won the penalty that Kevin de Bruyne dispatched to secure a famous away win in Madrid.
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