Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has responded to Raheem Sterling’s admission over a possible big-money move from Manchester City.
The England playmaker mentioned this week that he sees the LaLiga leaders as a ‘fantastic’ club, before insisting that he is happy at the Etihad.
Sterling had told AS: “Right now I’m at City and I’m really happy.
“But I say Real Madrid are a fantastic club, when you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club stands for, it’s massive.
“But at the same time, I have a contract with City now and I have to respect this. But it’s a fantastic club.”
Fresh rumours have circulated that some of City’s best players may look to move on following the club’s two-season ban from European football, with the 25-year-old Sterling linked with the exit door at the Etihad.
And Zidane has since responded to the comments: “I can’t talk about a player who isn’t mine. He’s a very good player, no doubt about that.”
City boss Pep Guardiola admitted himself that interest from the European giants in Sterling would leave him feeling nervous.
He said: “All the clubs have to know that when Real Madrid or Barcelona knock on the door, the other clubs must tremble. That they will be a little bit in trouble.
“Barcelona and Real are maybe the strongest and most powerful teams in terms of history and how good they are. That’s normal and I understand completely.
“But, on the same point, you see the commitment from Raheem, every single day when he arrives.
“His commitment in every game, offensively and defensively, so he’s one of the best players in the world and it’s normal that big clubs see his desire.
“I don’t know if Madrid or Barcelona call his agent, but I don’t have any doubts about his commitment from the first day to the last day that Raheem and other ones have had – and will have – until the end.”
Talk of a potential exit for some of City’s big-name stars is sure to stick around while the club looks to fight the verdict from the UEFA.