Alan Shearer hints Man City boss Pep Guardiola and Raheem Sterling have clashed

Alan Shearer believes there's a chance that Pep Guardiola and Raheem Sterling have had a clash in the dressing room, leading to the Manchester City winger's time on the sidelines.

Sterling has only started one of City's last four Premier League games, and didn't play at all against either Southampton or Fulham.

The winger was also left out of both Champions League quarter-final games against Borussia Dortmund, only coming on for the last two minutes of the second leg with the tie already won.

Instead, Guardiola has preferred Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva, with Sterling some way down the pecking order.

And ahead of the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, Shearer discussed Sterling's woes and offered a theory as to why he's been sidelined.

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Shearer said: “He’s missed the last three Champions League games, he’s only started four of the last 11 games.

“When you’re not hitting the heights in this Man City team you’ve got other players to come in and do the job.

“There was an interview that Pep did after the Southampton game, and I think it was perhaps aimed at Raheem where he was saying because he’s got most of his players fit, if you’re not going to be at it and you’re not happy then there’s not going to be a place for you in that team.

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  • “Maybe something was said in the dressing room, Raheem has said something to him. But he’s got to work hard, he’s got to earn his chance.

    “It’s a huge challenge for him and that’s what happens at that football club.”

    Speaking ahead of the clash against Chelsea at Wembley, Guardiola reiterated that he still trusts Sterling.

    He said: "The trust with Raheem is intact. It is the same as when we arrived here.

    "[The only reason] why he has played less is because there is Gabriel [Jesus] sometimes or especially Phil or Riyad and they are at a top level, scoring goals and being decisive in the final third.

    "He has to have confidence. He has the confidence of all of us, he has to have it. Because the quality is there. I cannot give the players confidence. They have to have it for themselves, but 'Rash' has a lot of experience."

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