Manchester City ‘confident’ Raheem Sterling will sign a new deal following his return to form… after ‘wanting assurances’ he remains a key part of Pep Guardiola’s side amid links of a January move to Barcelona
- Raheem Sterling has scored in three consecutive appearances for Man City
- The winger has endured a frustrating season with just four league starts so far
- City are hopeful that his return to goalscoring form will convince him to stay
Manchester City are reportedly confident that Raheem Sterling’s recent return to form will convince him to sign a new deal at the Etihad.
After enjoying a sensational summer with England at Euro 2020, Sterling has endured a frustrating campaign with City with just four starts in the Premier League this season.
The 26-year-old though has scored in recent victories against Club Brugge, Everton and Paris Saint-Germain – the first time since August 2020 that he has scored in three consecutive appearances.
Raheem Sterling has scored three goals in his last three appearances for Manchester City
Sterling has 18 months left on his contract and the Sun have reported that City are hopeful he will sign a new deal, after the player ‘wanted assurances’ that he remains part of Pep Guardiola’s plans.
Sterling has won his place back in the starting line-up following an injury to Jack Grealish who has regularly played on the left-side of City’s attacking line this season.
Sterling’s recent form in front of goal comes after netting just once his previous 17 appearances for City.
Since arriving for £50m from Liverpool in 2015, he has scored 115 goals in 302 games for the club.
He has been a focal point in Guardiola’s attack during his five-year reign and has been vital to the club’s three Premier League title wins under his leadership, but saw his playing time drop towards the end of the last campaign.
Sterling has endured a frustrating season with a regular place on the Manchester City bench
After a slow start to the season, it has been reported that Barcelona are among the sides that are monitoring his situation.
When previously asked about Sterling’s future at the club during a pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: ‘Don’t ask me from now on until the last day of the window about transfers because I’m not going to answer.
‘It is not my business and it is not our business – Raheem’s either. Our business is Everton, PSG, West Ham, and the rest.
‘I’m not going to answer any questions about what is going to happen in the future because I don’t know. And I am not concerned for one second.’
He also added that he can’t guarantee players minutes and insisted past achievements don’t affect selections.
‘I cannot assure them game time, any one of them — they have to prove themselves,’ Guardiola said.
‘Raheem’s such an important player for us, many players are so important. If they are not satisfied, it is so simple.
Sterling has been linked to Barcelona and admitted he would be ‘open’ to a move abroad
‘With their agents, go to the club and say, “I am not happy, I want to leave” and we are going to find a solution.
‘I am pretty sure of that. We want people committed and happy to be here. You want more minutes? I cannot assure them, not Raheem, not any of them.’
Sterling previously admitted that he would be ‘open’ to moving abroad given his circumstances at Manchester City and has been linked with a January move to cash-strapped Barcelona.
Speaking at the Financial Times’ Business of Sport US summit, he said: ‘If there was the option to go somewhere else for more game time I would be open to it.
‘As I said, football is the most important thing to me – challenges that I have set myself from a young age and dreams as well.
‘As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I’ve always thought maybe one day I’d love to play abroad, to see how I would come up against that challenge.
‘I actually should be learning a few different languages. I quite like the French accent and Spanish.’
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