Raheem Sterling has won the Premier League for the first time in his career, but like club captain Vincent Kompany, is already thinking ahead to next season and defending the title.
The 23-year-old has played a big role in City’s success this season, scoring 22 goals, with 17 of them coming in the league, and admits he doesn’t care how the title was won.
“This is my first Premier League title so who cares how you win it, whether it was on the pitch or on my sofa, I’m just delighted to win the title,” Sterling told reporters.
“It’s been a dream ever since I was a kid growing up playing football with my mates and winning it means everything.
“It’s important we don’t get complacent though. It’s amazing to win it, but now it’s about the next one.”
Key to Sterling’s overall improvement as a player has been Pep Guardiola, and like so many others, Raheem has praised the Catalan tactician, calling him one of the best managers in the world.
“It’s all about the basics with him. He pushes you to be better at the small things and that improves your performance,” he added.
“It’s been great for me to learn in this environment and improve as a player under him.
“He’s one of the best managers in the world. It’s special to be part of. I just need to keep improving and focus on how I can help the team.
“I set my own targets and I aim to achieve them every season but it’s more important to get the club where it wants to be.
“It’s been a good season for me but there are details I can change to make me sharper or more clinical and I always look to improve.”
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