Pep Guardiola says his looking forward to helping guide Raheem Sterling at Manchester City.
Sterling endured an inconsistent first season at season at the Etihad after joining from Liverpool in a deal worth close to £50m.
He also failed to shine for England at this summer’s European Championship and was singled out for heavy criticism.
But Guardiola has offered his backing to the 21-year-old and says he is excited to work with the winger, as well as the rest of City’s English contingent.
“I hear the last 10 days what happened, especially with Sterling,” said the Spaniard, in his first press conference as City manager.
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“Of course he has a little problem that the money they paid is always in the mind of the people but I am curious, I am looking forward to working with him to try to help him, to show him how good a player he is and not just him, Joe Hart and the other English players.
“In Barcelona the basis was Catalan, Spanish players, in Bayern Munich the basis was (German players) and I would like to work with English players here but they are so expensive, more than the other players around the world.”