"I had never met him, and from what I'd read about him..."
"I think, looking at them, the unsafe game for City is the United game".
"The tabloids were always claiming that he was arrogant". So, I guess I thought he'd be. what do the English call it?
"A bit of a dickhead, maybe?"
With Liverpool playing Chelsea at Anfield later on Monday (AEST), both Sterling and Guardiola were asked whether they would be watching their title rivals, but neither seemed keen. "They said you're too quiet".
"Selhurst Park is always hard, not just for the stadium itself but for the quality of the players they have". "When I am on the bench, I try to come in as good as possible to help the team as well, so it's his decision, and we have to go with it". What's the story here?' He couldn't be more different from what the tabloids were saying. I want to play football. The England worldwide has scored 21 goals in all competitions and is in the running to win the Player of the Year award. "I'm in his plans", noted De Bruyne, who was looking forward to finally play an important role in Mourinho's first team at Chelsea.
"Raheem and I have this strong connection, because we arrived at City around the same time, and there was a lot of negativity about us in the press".
City captain Vincent Kompany added: 'When you play Tottenham - or any top six team - they have such a vast squad, such a wealth of talent that if you take one player out, you might lose something but the new player will bring something entirely different to the table.
"I started two of the first four games of the season, and thought I played OK".
"I really got to know Raheem, and I recognised what a smart and genuine person he is". I didn't get an explanation.
"In the end, I should have just said "thank you".
However, it didn't take long for Sterling to change De Bruyne's opinion of him, with the Belgian admitting his teammate is "one of the nicest, most humble guys in football". Zero goals. Ten recoveries.
"I was completely honest". I said, 'I feel like the club doesn't really want me here. "We know that, and the players have shown they want to do it, and I didn't have any doubts about that". You threw me in the garbage.
"So the club ended up selling me, and there was no big problem at all". "I need to eat food - we'll see how it goes".
"I said, 'I have a dry humor'".
"Sitting and watching a match from the stands is basically worse than torture for me".
Liverpool has a much easier run-in than City, with its remaining fixtures against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolverhampton Wanderers. "Forget it. I can't cope".