Raheem Sterling names three Man City stars who can replace Vincent Kompany as captain


Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has ruled himself out of taking on the captain’s armband next season.

The Citizens and Pep Guardiola are searching for a new club captain after Kompany left to become player-manager at Anderlecht.

David Silva was named as vice-captain last season, and Sterling believes the Spaniard would be an ideal replacement.

But, he’s also named Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho as possible candidates.

“It’s not something that I’m fussed about really,” said Sterling. “It has to be natural, you can’t force it.

“I’m not going to start shouting on the pitch now Vinny’s gone. Your team-mates have to see you in that light.

“The manager and us as players will make the right choice. We’ve got a lot of good candidates here.

“David has been here for God knows how long – he’s been in the country longer than I have! There’s Kevin [De Bruyne], Dinho [Fernandinho], we have a lot of players who can fill it.”

Guardiola will allow the players to decide who should hold the captain’s armband next season.

He gave them the same responsibility last summer when the club needed to find a new vice-captain, after Yaya Toure revealed his plans to leave.

The players decided that Silva should be given the vice-captaincy after spending eight years at the Etihad Stadium.

It’s expected that Silva will be made the permanent club captain, with Fernandinho appointed vice-captain.

Meanwhile, Sterling has revealed that he’s suddenly found himself as one of the most senior players in the City dressing room.

“People do ask me a lot of questions for an opinion,” he said.

“I’m developing and maturing and people around the club can see that. I do have quite a say in the changing room and they do ask my opinion.”

Sterling had a terrific season last year, scoring 17 Premier League goals in 34 appearances, while also providing 17 assists.


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