By Kevin Phillips

11th Jul, 2021 | 9:00am

Phillips delivers verdict on Tottenham signing Sterling after Romano update

Kevin Phillips insists Manchester City will no longer sanction Raheem Sterling’s exit this summer amid links to Tottenham.

The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the attacker’s recent performances have changed everything.

On 21st June, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reported that Man City had submitted a £100million bid for Harry Kane.

He named Sterling, 26, as one of the players who could head to Spurs to help sweeten the deal.

Since late June, Sterling has become a national hero and one of the world’s in-form players after his Euro 2020 heroics.

He has scored three goals so far in the tournament.

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Phillips claims City will no longer want to get rid of Sterling as he claimed the potential deal would be incredible for Spurs.

“If that’s the case, definitely,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“Getting Sterling in who will probably be the player of the Euros? 

“Will that change City’s mind? I certainly wouldn’t be letting him go. Everything changed.

“I know he didn’t perform to the best of his ability last season but players have those seasons. 

“He’s not let it affect him. He will be the player of the tournament and I would keep him at Man City. 

“He will go back to his club full of confidence as the man of the moment. 

“He will be talked about all over Europe, the world. He could be Premier League player of the season next year. 

“If that’s the case, if you can get Sterling coming in for Kane, I wouldn’t say it’s a no brainer but what a deal that could be. 

“If I’m a Spurs supporter, that’s a huge boost.”

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