Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has ruled out using Raheem Sterling as a makeweight in his pursuit of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

As quoted by the Evening Standard, the City boss has made it abundantly clear that he intends to keep hold of the England international for years to come, and will not use him as a sweetener as he aims to link up with Sanchez once again.

They talked to me and I said, ‘No chance, zero chance, not one per cent chance to make a swap with Alexis and Raz (Raheem)’. He is 22, English. He has a lot to improve (but) I trust a lot in him.

Guardiola’s pursuit of Sanchez has been well documented for some time now, and they were on the verge of securing him on the final day of the summer transfer window for £60m.

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However, with the deal having fallen through, it looks like the Spaniard will return for the Chile international in January.

Arsenal were reportedly keen to take Sterling off City’s hands in any deal that included Sanchez, but the Citizens are keen on sanctioning a cash-only transfer, with Guardiola a keen admirer of both players.

The only deal, if possible, was cash. We tried to make an offer. They accepted but in the end they could not sign the player they wanted to sign, (so) Alexis stayed in Arsenal.

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