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Sterling now reaping rewards for focusing more on his game: Pep


Pep Guardiola has joked he would ban Manchester City players from social media if it made them play as well as Raheem Sterling.

Sterling, who revealed last year that he had cut down on using Instagram and Twitter, has been in the form of his life this season. The 22-year-old has already scored a career-best 13 goals this term.

City manager Guardiola said: "He's a nice guy, loved in the locker room, less into social media, more focused on football and his private life. That's good.

"But if the reason why he's scored a lot of goals is because he's out of social media then I'll say it to all the players!

"It's not about that. I think before he was more active and now he's more passive."

Sterling improved steadily under Guardiola last season but his development appears to have accelerated again this term.

Despite being praised for his input, Guardiola refuses to take credit. Ahead of City's clash with West Ham tomorrow, the manager added: "I didn't discover Raheem. The quality in the last action is his talent.

"He did that at Liverpool, he played amazing. That's why City paid a lot of money for him."

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