Manchester City ‘sure’ that Raheem Sterling will sign a new deal after his return to form … after ‘wanting insurance’, he remains an important part of Pep Guardiola’s team in the midst of a move to Barcelona in January
- Raheem Sterling has scored in three consecutive appearances for Man City
- The winger has gone through a frustrating season with only four league starts so far
- City are hoping his return to goal-scoring form will convince him to stay
Manchester City are reportedly convinced that Raheem Sterling’s recent return to form will convince him to sign a new deal with Etihad.
After enjoying a sensational summer with England at the 2020 European Championships, Sterling has endured a frustrating campaign with City with just four starts in the Premier League this season.
However, the 26-year-old 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 games for Manchester City
Sterling has 18 months left on his contract and The Sun has reported that City are hoping he will sign a new deal after the player ‘wanted assurances’ that he will remain part of Pep Guardiola’s plans.
Sterling has won his place back in the starting lineup after an injury to Jack Grealish, who has regularly played on the left side of City’s attacking line this season.
Sterling’s latest form in front of goal comes after only once scoring his previous 17 games for City.
Since arriving for £ 50m from Liverpool in 2015, he has scored 115 goals in 302 appearances for the club.
He has been a focal point in Guardiola’s attack during his five-year reign and has been crucial to the club’s three Premier League titles under his leadership, but saw his playing time decline towards the end of the last campaign.
Sterling has gone through a frustrating season with a permanent place on the Manchester City bench
After a slow start to the season, it has been reported that Barcelona are among the sides monitoring his situation.
When Guardiola was previously asked about Sterling’s future at the club during a pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: ‘Do not ask me from now until the last day of the transfer window, because I will not answer.
‘It’s not my case and it’s not ours – Raheems. Our business is Everton, PSG, West Ham and the rest.
‘I do not want to answer questions about what will happen in the future, because I do not know. And I’m not worried for a second. ‘
He also added that he can not guarantee players minutes, insisting that past performances do not affect selections.
“I can not assure them of playing time, any of them – they have to prove themselves,” Guardiola said.
‘Raheem is such an important player for us, many players are so important. If they are not satisfied, it’s that simple.
Sterling has been linked with Barcelona and admitted he would be ‘open’ to a move abroad
“With their agents, go to the club and say, ‘I’m not happy, I want to get away,’ and we’ll find a solution.
‘I’m pretty sure of that. We want people to be committed and happy to be here. Want more minutes? I can not assure them, not Raheem, not any of them. ‘
Sterling has previously admitted he would be ‘open’ to moving abroad given his circumstances at Manchester City and has been linked with a move to Barcelona in January.
In a speech at the Financial Times ‘Business of Sport US summit, he said:’ If there was an opportunity to go somewhere else to get more playing time, I would be open to it.
‘As I said, football is the most important thing for me – challenges that I have posed to myself from a young age and also dreams.
– As an English player, I only know the Premier League and I have always thought that maybe one day I would love to play abroad to see how I would cope with that challenge.
‘I should actually learn a few different languages. I like the French accent and Spanish. ‘