Raheem Sterling has opened up about his Manchester City future, admitting that he would consider leaving to get more minutes.
Speaking on Thursday, the 26-year-old said: "If there was the opportunity to go somewhere else, I would be open to it at this moment in time."
But if he does bid farewell to the Etihad, where next for the England international? He's not likely to be short of potential suitors at home or abroad...
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The Saudi Public Investment Fund is said to be worth £320 billion, so wage demands probably wouldn't be too much of an obstacle...
But even if Newcastle find themselves with effectively limitless financial resources - as it has been reported that they could - success won't come overnight, and while Sterling would certainly enjoy more action, he might have to wait a little while for more silverware.
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Six years after leaving the Reds for City, Sterling has come to expect a frosty reception whenever he goes back to Anfield (not that football fans are ones to hold grudges or anything).
Sure, his versatility in being able to play across the front line would suit Jurgen Klopp, but this would be one of the most unlikely returns in Premier League history.
It's just not going to happen, is it?
This rumour has been buzzing around for quite a while now - and it feels well within the realms of possibility.
Sterling has previously expressed great admiration for the 13-time European champions, telling AS in an interview last year: "Real Madrid are a fantastic club. When you see the white shirt you know exactly what the club stands for, it's massive."
And with Gareth Bale out of contract next summer and Eden Hazard having endured a rather torrid time at the Bernabeu, could there be a big hole to fill in Carlo Ancelotti's side in the near future?
As much as Arsenal do now seem to be on a modest upward trajectory, this would clearly still be a big step down.
For starters, the Gunners are probably at least a couple of years away from getting back into the Champions League (they don't have any European football at all this season).
Sterling wouldn't necessarily walk into Mikel Arteta's side either, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka providing solid competition. You can go ahead and lose this one down the back of the filing cabinet.
Another absolutely loaded European giant, money is no object for Les Parisiens.
Unfortunately for Sterling, he'd have to find a way to dislodge Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and *checks notes* Lionel Messi from Mauricio Pochettino's starting 11.
How much of a challenge is he up for?
It's a matter of when, not if, the terrifyingly talented Erling Haaland leaves Dortmund - for, presumably, one of the big, big boys of European football - and that could well be as soon as next summer.
Clearly Sterling can't match the Norwegian colossus on a physical level - few, if any, can - but the popular German outfit could do far, far worse for a successor to the man set to make them very rich indeed.
Jude Bellingham could help him feel right at home in North Rhine-Westphalia - and fellow England teammate Jadon Sancho would no doubt give a glowing review of his time with the Black and Yellows, too.
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