Kevin de Bruyne advises Sterling to stick around for the bigger picture.
The Belgian midfielder understands why his teammate Raheem Sterling is frustrated with lack of game time and tells him to accept the rotation and see the bigger picture.
The 26-year old tempted last week by saying that he wants a new challenge for himself.
A move away from the Etihad seems more likely for Sterling in the winter transfer window but De Bruyne wants him to stay put at the club.
De Bruyne told reporters: “Rotation is important. Playing four competitions and mostly going far is a tough ask.
“I understand the frustration, I’m a player and you have some players who need more rhythm and maybe Raz needs more, I need that also.
“It’s tough to play one game but it’s the manager who has to make choices and it’s hard. We have a group of 22, 23 internationals who are unbelievable. Whoever you pick will be right. Whenever the team plays good you can’t say much as a player. We try to help each other.”