Sterling decision! Manchester City are confident the striker will sign a new contract before the summer … after relations between the England star and manager Pep Guardiola improve – despite interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona
- Raheem Sterling’s Manchester City contract expires in 18 months
- The English star had the idea to play for Barcelona or Real Madrid
- His improved relationship with Pep Guardiola raised hopes for a revival
- City want the situation with the 27-year-old to be resolved before the end of the season
Manchester City believe their England striker Raheem Sterling will sign a new deal at the Etihad before the summer.
Sterling’s current contract is due to expire in 18 months and he was considering moving to Spain, playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid.
However, City are now convinced that the striker will commit his future to the leaders of the Premier League.
Manchester City believe England striker Raheem Sterling to sign new deal
The move follows an improvement in his relationship with City Manager Pep Guardiola (R)
The move follows Sterling’s improved relationship with City manager Pep Guardiola, who left the 27-year-old out of the squad for much of the second half of last season.
Sterling will still be waiting to see how much playing time he gets over the next few weeks before signing up for the club he joined from Liverpool for Â£ 49million seven years ago.
But in a significant development, he has accepted for the first time that he won’t be leaving City this month.
Sterling had considered moving to Spain, playing for Barcelona or Real Madrid
Sterling caused a stir at City in October by saying he was open to a transfer to get more playing time and he often spoke of his interest in playing abroad.
But with Barcelona and Real Madrid struggling financially, he seems to be coming to the conclusion that such a move is unlikely to materialize.
City want the situation resolved before the end of the season as they have a policy of not letting major assets enter the final year of their contracts. Talks with representatives of Sterling are expected to begin next month.