Roy Keane believes he knows what’s happened between Sterling and Guardiola

Raheem Sterling has been linked with a transfer away from Manchester City with links to Barcelona and Newcastle, while Roy Keane has his own thoughts on the saga

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Roy Keane has conjured up his own idea over what has happened between Raheem Sterling and Pep Guardiola.

It comes amid a tough period for the England international, who has been left out of the Manchester City set-up this season so far.

The forward has completed 90 minutes only one during the current campaign – a 0-0 draw against Southampton where he failed to impress.

And there has been speculation that the 26-year-old could leave the Etihad with 20 months left on his contract.

The arrival of Jack Grealish in the summer for £100m from Aston Villa appears to have pushed Sterling out of the side while Guardiola has a number of attacking talents including Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres.

Raheem Sterling endured a disappointing evening for England against Hungary

Barcelona are thought to be an interested party while even Newcastle have been tipped to swoop in for the ex-Liverpool star following the completion of their £300m takeover.

Sterling had a miserable night against Hungary for England in a 1-1 draw at Wembley where he failed to make much of an impact.

Speaking in the ITV studio, Keane raised doubts over the relationship between the winger and Guardiola.

He said: “He’s definitely had some sort of bust-up with Pep, there’s something gone on there and they’ve brought Grealish in.

“But when you work with a top manager and big clubs when they’re competing for trophies, that’s part of the package and 20 months, on his contract, is a long way away.

“Just focus on the game and things will pan out for him because he’s a quality player.”

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Alongside Keane in the studio was Ian Wright, who seemed to agree with the former Manchester United captain.

The Arsenal legend said: “There’s no secret that there’s something going on with him and his manager, the club just bought a £100m player who plays in his position and we know what he’s capable of doing.

“He didn’t play often at the end of last season but came to the Euros and was absolutely fantastic.

“Of course he’s got a big decision to make because he’s well within his rights to doubt what his future is at that club because there is so much capabilities and we’ve seen that with Jack Grealish.

“Of course playing tonight will give him an opportunity to stake the claim and go ‘listen this is what I do.’

“I’m hoping it can work out for him but it will be interesting to see how he figures it out with himself.”

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