Sané's arrival 'bad news' for Sterling, says Dietmar Hamann

The former Liverpool and City midfielder has publicly said that Raheem Sterling's future at the Ethiad could be in doubt following the arrival of Schalke wonderkid Leroy Sané this week.

Sané's arrival 'bad news' for Sterling, says Dietmar Hamann
Picture source: Getty Images - Sterling in Champions League action against Real back in May

Raheem Sterling's future at Manchester City is in doubt unless he improves his performance levels, according to former Liverpool and City midfielder Dietmar Hamann.

The 42-year-old German has had his say on the big-money switch and the potential ramifications it has for the English international - who suffered from plenty of criticism as the England squad underperformed at this summer's European Championships and were knocked out by Iceland in the last-16 of the competition.

Sterling's future in doubt after Sané arrival, says Hamann

Sterling, whose impact in an ever-improving City side weaned after Christmas, was unfortunate to suffer an injury in the latter stages of the season and consequently lost his place in Manuel Pellegrini's starting XI. As a result, he went to France shot of confidence and his performances were under further scrutiny as England lacked a cutting edge in-front of goal at the Euros.

Sterling (right) in action for England at this summer's European Championships - where his performances were under intense scrutiny. | Photo: Getty
Sterling (right) in action for England at this summer's European Championships - where his performances were under intense scrutiny. | Photo: Getty

Sané is one year Sterling's junior, and both will battle for starting berths

Leroy Sané has signed a five-year contract deal with the Citizens this week and the 20-year-old winger is an exciting acquisition to say the least.

The transfer fee is reported to be in the region of £37.5million pounds and Hamann has said Sterling is the player he'll "probably come up against" in a battle to start for Pep Guardiola's side next term.

"[Raheem] Sterling has pretty much stalled since he went to Manchester City - he's never showed the promise he showed at Liverpool earlier in his career, so I think Sterling will be the one who needs to pick it up."

Although his confidence took a blow in the later months of last season, it has been reported that Pep has spoken to Sterling and reassured him of his first-team plans involving the 21-year-old winger. With that being said, the amount of attack-minded players battling for a place in the starting XI ahead of the new campaign has increased and it'll be interesting to see how Sterling reacts - positively or negatively - to more competition for places.