RAHEEM STERLING’S trophy cabinet could be full to bursting by the middle of next month.
Last weekend the Manchester City ace was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award — and he was on the shortlist for Young Player of the Year, too.
AFP or licensors3 Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has enjoyed a stunning season for the Citizens
The England ace, 24, is also among the favourites to win the Football Writers’ Association award, with voting due to close later this month.
Yet he admits none of those gongs would mean anything if Pep Guardiola’s men miss out on the Premier League — and blow a golden chance at a domestic Treble.
Five more wins between now and May 18 — starting at Old Trafford tonight — and Sterling will have made history with his team-mates.
And it is that prospect of being the first English side to win the league, FA Cup and League Cup, rather than any personal glory, that is driving on Sterling during his outstanding season.
He said: “It’s nice to be recognised on that front but, to be honest, if we don’t win the Premier League, I don’t really want to be in contention.
“What I want to do is win the Premier League, win the FA Cup, then think about stuff like that. Even though the awards are before that.
“Without that, it doesn’t mean much to me really.”
Despite the disappointment of last week’s Champions League exit, Sterling admits City would have “bitten your hands off” if they had been offered this at the start of the season.
It’s nice to be recognised on that front but, to be honest, if we don’t win the Premier League, I don’t really want to be in contention.
With the Carabao Cup already in the bag, City are in the box seat to win back-to-back league titles and favourites to win the FA Cup.
He said: “There are four games to go, five including the Watford one in the final.
“If someone had said at the start of the season, ‘If you win those four, you win the league’ we’d bite their hand off.
“To be in this position now, to know you’re in control, it’s a great feeling.
“It’s a great position to be in, something if we don’t do we’ll be very disappointed in ourselves.”
City’s hopes of an unprecedented Quadruple ended in heart-breaking fashion at the hands of Spurs — with Sterling seeing an injury-time clincher ruled out by VAR.
Yet there was no time to dwell on that with a rematch with Mauricio Pochettino’s men and now this derby coming round quickly.
He said: “Pep told us to be angry the day after, but on the match day make sure you’re ready and focused.
Reuters3 Sterling, 24, has banged in 23 goals this campaign, while also chipping in with 16 assists