Former Manchester City and England striker Trevor Sinclair has backed Raheem Sterling's decision to go public with his willingness to leave the club.
Opportunities have been less frequent than what Sterling would have hoped for this season, with the England international having started just two Premier League matches so far this term.
The winger, who will be hoping to force his way back into the starting line-up when City face Burnley on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, revealed on Thursday that he would be "open" to leaving the club if his game time did not increase.
Speaking to the media on Friday, City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that Sterling's admission about his future came as a surprise, but former City man Sinclair saw nothing wrong in the England star's honesty, describing his statement as "fair."
Sinclair told talkSPORT : "I think with the statement he has come out with is fair; he has not criticised the club or anything. He is at that time in his life where he wants to enjoy his football.
"He is coming up to his peak at the age of 26. He has already given Manchester City a great deal in terms of his performances and silverware. I think he has been excellent and the criticism that he has had to take, unfairly, at times, and the way that he has had to keep his head up, pumped his chest out and handled himself, has been exceptional.
"He is a player that a lot of youngsters look up to, and I think he has carried himself extremely well."
Although nothing concerning Sterling, who is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2023, is yet set in stone, Sinclair believes the former Liverpool man will end up at Barcelona, should they resolve their financial troubles.
As well as that, Sinclair also believes it is important that he doesn't leave City on a free transfer.
"For me, I think he is going to end up Barcelona. I think they will sort their finances out, whether it be a package that the club takes on board to handle their debt to bring more revenue into the football club and spend more money on wages and players," Sinclair added.
"Whether he is going to cost anything is a different story. I would like to think that he won't leave Manchester City for free because I think that would leave a bit of stain on his performance and the time that he has had at the football club.
"But what he brings to the team hasn't changed. I feel the team has evolved under Pep and I think this is a generation where he doesn't want players to be taking players on, it's all about pattern."
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