The 20-year-old winger completed a £49m move to the Citizens from Liverpool last week after months of intense speculation linking Sterling with a big-money move away from Anfield.
Ibe, who signed a new long-term deal at the Merseyside club earlier this month, could be a potential option to fill the void left by Sterling in the first-team next term.
And former Liverpool midfielder Hamann believes Ibe will blossom into one of England’s outstanding talents in the coming season.
Hamann wrote on Twitter following Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Adelaide United: “Ibe is a special talent. He’s got every attribute an offensive player needs. A player England lacked in last 20 years.”
Quizzed whether Ibe could develop into a better player than fully-fledged England international Sterling, Hamann added: “Sterling a better player now but Ibe got lots of improvement in him. Could be anything, ”
Sterling scored seven goals and made seven assists in 35 Premier League appearances last season.
Ibe, meanwhile, played in 14 games across three different competitions for the Merseyside outfit last term.
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