Manchester City ‘confident’ Raheem Sterling to sign new deal after returning to form
Manchester City ‘confident’ Raheem Sterling to sign new contract after returning to form… after ‘wanting assurance’ that he will remain a key part of Pep Guardiola
- Raheem Sterling has scored in three consecutive appearances for Man City
- The winger has had a frustrating season with just four league starts so far
- City are hopeful that his return in the form of goals will convince him to stay
Manchester City are reportedly confident that Raheem Sterling’s recent return will convince him to sign a new contract with the Etihad.
After enjoying a sensational summer with England at Euro 2020, Sterling has endured a frustrating campaign at City this season with just four Premier League starts.
However, the 26-year-old has scored in recent wins 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 contract after the player “wanted assurances” that he would remain part of Pep Guardiola’s plans.
Sterling has regained his place in the starting line-up after 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 scoring just once in his previous 17 appearances for City.
Since coming from Liverpool for £50 million in 2015, he has scored 115 goals in 302 appearances for the club.
He was central to Guardiola’s attack during his five-year reign and was vital to the club’s three Premier League title wins under his management, but saw his playing time plummet towards the end of the latter campaign.
Sterling has had a frustrating season with a permanent place on the Manchester City bench
After a slow start to the season, Barcelona has been reported to be among those watching his situation.
When asked about Sterling’s future at the club at a pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: “Don’t ask me about transfers from now until the last day of the window as I won’t answer.
“It’s none of my business and it’s none of our business — neither is Raheem’s. Our company is Everton, PSG, West Ham and the rest.
“I’m not going to answer questions about what’s going to happen in the future because I don’t know. And I don’t worry for a moment.’
He also added that he cannot guarantee player minutes and emphasized that past performances do not affect rosters.
“I can’t guarantee them playing time, none of them – they have to prove themselves,” Guardiola said.
“Raheem is such an important player for us, a lot of players are so important. If they’re not happy, it’s that simple.
Sterling has been linked to Barcelona, admitting he would be ‘open’ to a move abroad
“Go to the club with their agents and say, ‘I’m not happy, I want to leave’ and we’re going to find a solution.
‘I’m pretty sure of that. We want people to be engaged and happy to be here. Do you want more minutes? I can’t assure them, not Raheem, none of them.’
While Sterling previously admitted he would be ‘open’ to moving abroad given his circumstances at Manchester City.
Speaking at the Financial Times’ Business of Sport US summit, he said: “If there was the option to go elsewhere for more game time, I would be open to it.
“Like I said, football is the most important thing for me – challenges I set myself from a young age and dreams too.
“As an English player I only know the Premier League and I’ve always thought that maybe one day I would like to play abroad to see how I would take on that challenge.
“I should really learn a few different languages. I quite like the French accent and Spanish.’