Why is it that footballers are no longer allowed to want to better themselves? Reports of Manchester City's interest for Liverpool's Raheem Sterling have been met with a host of media professionals and football fans voicing their displeasure that a 20-year-old superstar would even consider leaving a side that finished 17 points behind the club desiring his services. It seems the general consensus is that people are concerned about Sterling's development while failing to acknowledge his lack of progression this season. Yes, he no longer has Luis Suarez playing alongside him (someone who was also criticised for leaving Liverpool) but this indicates Sterling's need to play with genuine talent. Do you think Luis Suarez regrets his decision to leave? The fact that City are preparing - like Barcelona did for the Uruguayan striker - a record breaking fee for the Liverpool attacker not only proves his worth but is far more interesting than worrying about him winning the Steven Gerrard award for outstanding loyalty? Sterling would be a good fit at the Etihad and will add a much-needed freshness to a stale looking side who can guarantee him Champions League football next season. Yes, he's done the odd bit of hippy crack and is perhaps naive but ultimately Sterling moving to the Citizens for £50 million would present football fans with a genuinely exciting bit of transfer business and one that sees an obvious talent stepping up to the next level. Here is a list of 5 reasons why Sterling should sign for Manchester City:
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