Former England Under-21s manager Stuart Pearce has insisted that Raheem Sterling is not a "problem player" despite his protracted transfer saga this summer.
However Pearce, a former City boss who also managed Sterling during his time in the international set-up, believes that the troublesome nature of the deal was down to "those around" Sterling, rather than the player himself.
"I wouldn't put Sterling in the category of a problem player," Pearce told talkSPORT.
"I don't think you would have a moment's problem with him in terms of him being a real pain and thinking you don't want to see his face when he walks through the training ground in the morning. I have certainly not found him that way inclined when I have worked with him.
"As a kid, he is a pleasant kid, maybe misguided by those around him but in the main he is not a problem."
Sterling's move to the Etihad makes him the most expensive English footballer of all time.