Meanwhile, Pellegrino insists he had no problem with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola confronting Nathan Redmond in midweek. Yes he was very passionate, intense and aggressive but he was only very complimentary and positive to me.
Redmond tweeted a statement on Thursday evening in which he made clear that Guardiola did not say any of the things claimed in the article.
"As for Raheem, if the reason he scores goals is less social media, I would say to all players no social media!"
But while he is clearly delighted with his players' efforts to date, he is predictably playing down talk of setting records and winning trophies, despite a 12-match winning streak in the Premier League. You can agree or not, but if I'm explaining what happened and the people don't believe me then let's cancel our press conferences and just play the games.More news: Bette Midler calls on Geraldo Rivera to apologize for alleged groping incident
"I did the same in Dortmund and had regret there after the game and the same now". In winter we ask if they are happy and decide what is best for them. "But they didn't want to play, they were time-wasting from the ninth minute". "He is a team player on and off the pitch".
Sterling improved steadily under Guardiola last season but his development appears to have accelerated again this term. Today, he could not attack because they defended all the time.
"We tried to help him - not just Raheem, all of them".
"Losing the game the way we did in the last kick of the game after working so hard for 90-plus minutes, I was very disappointed".
The England global still has two and a half years left to run on his current contract, but according to The Sun, City will open talks on a £300,000-a-week deal, which would see him become the highest-paid player in the Premier League.