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What Raheem Sterling told Brandon Barker before youngster left Man City for Rangers


Brandon Barker sought advice from senior Manchester City players before deciding to leave the Etihad on a permanent transfer this summer.

Barker, 22, moved to Rangers on a three year deal after spending each of the last three seasons out on loan.

The Manchester-born winger was a popular figure at City, but admitted he needed to be playing more regular football at this stage in his career.

But before confirming his move to Scotland, Barker revealed how a conversation with friend and mentor Raheem Sterling convinced him that it was the right move.

“All of the City players were really good with me in terms of giving advice,” Barker told the Daily Record.

 

“But I learned a lot from Raheem, watching him grow from when he first came to the club to what he’s doing now.

“We used to speak a lot and he was really encouraging. Watching him become one of the best players in the world has been great to see.

“The best advice he gave me was just to be myself on the pitch and never be afraid. I think that’s how I play now. It doesn’t matter who I’m up against, I don’t have any fear.

“Hopefully I can show the Rangers fans what I’m all about up here. Raheem has added goals to his game and I’d like to do the same.

 

“When I spoke to Raheem about coming here, he said go for it, definitely. It was my time to move on and I think all the City boys knew that.”

Explaining how difficult the decision to leave his boyhood club was, Barker explained how he had to put his career above sentiment, but he had more offers on the table from Championship clubs.

He continued: “It was sad because I’d been there for 16 years, I grew up there. But I needed a new home, I’ve needed that for two seasons. Now I’ve got that opportunity and I’m buzzing.

 

“I was in talks with quite a few Championship clubs but I did that last season. All of them were for permanent deals but this opportunity was something which I couldn’t turn down.

“Of the teams that showed an interest, this was by far the biggest club. It’s one of the biggest in the world.”

But Barker says he will take City’s winning mentality with him throughout his career.

“I’ve come from a winning culture at Manchester City,” he said. “They are expected to win everything and I was a part of that for three years.

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“You learn from players who have that mentality and try to take as much as possible from it.

“I think the boys here at Rangers now have that and – just like at City – our job is to win every week. Hopefully I can add to that.”



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