Raheem Sterling Doesn't Want To Be In Contention For PFA POTY If City Don't Win The League
Raheem Sterling is one of the leading contenders for the PFA Player of the Year but the England winger is firmly focused on winning the Premier League with Manchester City.
The City No.7 has had another strong season, with 17 goals and nine assists in the league, while he's also received widespread praise for the way in which he has spoken about racism - having suffered racial abuse by some Chelsea supporters at Stamford Bridge during a 2-0 defeat in December.
The PFA awards are announced on April 28, next Sunday. But Sterling would only value scooping the POTY gong if City end up pipping Liverpool to the Premier League crown.
"It's nice to be recognized on that front but to be honest if we don't win the Premier League, I don't really want to be in contention," Sterling said, as per the Manchester Evening News.
"What I want to do is win the Premier League, win the FA Cup, then think about stuff like that even though the awards are before that. Without that, it doesn't mean much to me really."
:speaking_head: @sterling7 on the @PFA Player of the Year:- City Xtra (@City_Xtra) April 23, 2019
"It's nice to be recognised on that front but if we don't win the Premier League, I don't want to be in contention.
I want to win the Premier League, win the FA Cup. Without that, awards don't mean much to me, really."#MCFC :large_blue_circle: pic.twitter.com/uMelUyhWu4
Sterling's main rival for the coveted award is Liverpool's colossal centre-back Virgil van Dijk but the 24-year old revealed he voted for England captain Harry Kane instead of the Dutchman.
"I voted for Harry Kane. My vote for him is because he scores so many goals every year, he does so much for the team, gives so much for his team," Sterling explained.
"There was a lot of talk about Virgil van Dijk, I knew he would have a lot of the votes, so I looked at someone I thought being around him in the national team, how he puts in his work, his work ethic, how he looks after himself.
"He's always there, especially coming back from injury, as a professional I looked at him and that's my reason for voting for him, seeing him on a day-to-day with the national team."
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