I don't want City captaincy: Sterling
Raheem Sterling recognises his growing authority in the Manchester City dressing room - but is in no hurry to take over the captaincy.
England forward Sterling has developed into one of City's most senior and influential players. That might make him a candidate to succeed Vincent Kompany as captain after the long-serving Belgian left the club at the end of last season.
Others would include David Silva, who has taken on the role most during pre-season, Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho and Sergio Aguero.
Sterling said: "It's not something I'm fussed about. It has to be natural, you can't force it.
"I'm not going to start shouting on the pitch now Vinny's gone. Your team-mates have to see you in that light.
"The manager and us as players will make the right choice. We've got a lot of good candidates here.
"David has been here for God knows how long - he's been in the country longer than I have! There is Kevin, Dinho, we have a lot of players who can fill it."
Manager Pep Guardiola has said he will allow the squad collectively to decide who should take on the responsibility rather than make a decision himself.
That is only likely to happen after the whole squad return to training, with several players still to figure in pre-season following international commitments.
Sterling is happy to play a part in the process and realises that he now does have a strong voice.
The 24-year-old said: "People ask me questions for an opinion. I'm developing and maturing."