Raheem Sterling has told ‘The Kelly and Wrighty Show’ that he wants to be playing as a winger at Chelsea.

The 27-year-old has been deployed in a number of roles since Graham Potter joined the club.

This has included both wing-back positions, which have both hardly brought the best out of the England international.

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Potter has noted that he particularly made a mistake when playing Sterling at wing-back last weekend, as the Blues were humbled 4-1 at Brighton.

Sterling has claimed that he is hoping for more minutes as a natural winger at Stamford Bridge, although has understood his manager’s efforts to try something new.

Sterling wants to play winger

He said: “It’s like anything, you have come to a new team so there are different things going to be asked of you.

“It’s a different shape, I haven’t played in a back five for a while, so it’s something the manager has asked me to do – something that I’m more than happy to do as well.

“When we have the ball I’m high and wide, but of course you have to defend as well.
The more I’m close to the box that’s better for myself but the more time I have to figure it out in this position I’m happy to play it.

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“I feel my best position is a winger, that’s for sure, but the manager has his way of playing and he hasn’t had a full pre-season. He has come in and grabbed it with both hands, I think he’s trying to figure out the best personnel for positions.”

There is a chance Sterling, alongside some of the other crucial first team players, is rested for tomorrow’s dead rubber Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb.

Instead, there will be a hope he can return to form in the weekend’s massive London derby against Arsenal.

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