Guardiola calm over Sterling's praise of 'fantastic' Real Madrid

Guardiola calm over Sterling's praise of 'fantastic' Real Madrid

The Real Madrid boss dodged talk of a summer swoop for the Manchester City star, after Sterling posed with a Real Madrid shirt for an interview with AS this week.

"Especially in the last year where we have won the domestic quadruple including the league, to not have a player winning PFA Player of the Year kind of speaks for itself really", Sterling told AS. We now have a massive opportunity in the Champions League. "But I must say that I have a great contract with City and I have to respect that".

Real Madrid may well be chasing Barcelona by the time they kick off in Valencia on Saturday night, with the Catalans playing at home to Eibar earlier in the day. 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.

Sterling has not hit the heights of form of past seasons with Manchester City.

A week ago, UEFA announced the Citizens would be unable to partake in Europe's elite club competition for the next two seasons after they were found guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

The 24-year-old forward was pictured holding a Los Blancos jersey while putting City's on his shoulder ahead of two clubs' first leg of Round 16 Champions League tie at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Wednesday, February 26.

Sterling has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish club and did nothing to deter that interest in an interview with Madrid-based AS newspaper.

"I'm completely sure (of) the commitment of our players, it's about what they've shown for many years, nothing changes". "Just because of the atmosphere, the historical stadium that we are going to".

"With calm, we will decide what we want but for the next three months the commitment will be incredible".

Guardiola knows there is little chance of him changing people's opinion about his club, and that any success will be overshadowed by allegations of financial cheating.

"But I repeat, it's (FFP) not finished, it's not over, we appeal and we will see what happens".

"I have a different opinion, nobody has helped us outside, we did an incredible job day by day, game by game and nothing will change the opinion".

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