Guardiola open to new contract for Sterling at Manchester City

21/02/2022; 4:18 PM By : Steven D. Thompson

Manchester City is the club that has spent the most in the last five years. City have spent close to a billion pounds in the past five years, yet the closest they have come to winning the UEFA Champions League is losing in 2021 final. All this is on Pep Guardiola, who has overseen this spending. The Spaniard has dominated the Premier League, turning it into a one-team league, yet he remains unsatisfied as they are yet to win the ‘holy grail’ on the continental front.

Last season, Pep Guardiola signed Jack Grealish, who arrived for £100 million and made him the most expensive transfer for an English player. The figure amounts to double what City paid Liverpool for Raheem Sterling. The arrival of Grealish put Sterling’s future at the club in doubt, but Grealish has not set the place alight. The English international has only scored two league goals for City this season from 17 appearances and three in total from 25 matches across all competitions.

The poor performance of the wingman put Sterling back in the frame. Sterling has made more contributions this season than Pep’s £100 million signing. Sterling has scored ten goals in 22 appearances. Pep has had a rethink about letting Sterling leave the club, as he has sanctioned a contract renewal for the English international.

Pep approves contract renewal for Sterling

Manchester City sit top of the table with six points separating them and Liverpool. The Anfield side have a game in hand and can close the gap to three points. Guardiola wants to ensure their title bid does not slip through his hands. The Spaniard wants to settle his squad ahead of next season.

City have already signed Julian Alvarez on a five-and-half-year deal but will join the Etihad side by the end of July. Guardiola wants to tie Sterling to a new contract. The Englishman has been in splendid form, following the underperformance of the £100 million signing Jack Grealish.

The Spaniard has given City the green light to try and tie Sterling to a new deal. Sterling‘s current contract will expire in 2023, with links to Barcelona in the summer. The English international has struggled for this season following the arrival of Jack Grealish.

An improved performance

27-year-old Sterling has overshadowed Grealish within the period he has played. Sterling has become a regular feature in Guardiola'sng lineup in the Premier League. In 32 games across all competitions, Sterling has banged in 13 goals and five assists.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Guardiola is putting everything in the works to keep Sterling at the Etihad. The Spaniard has given the go-ahead for the club to tie Sterling to a new deal.

According to Romano, Manchester City want Sterling to give a definitive answer. If Sterling refuses to extend his contract at the club, they are ready to sell for nothing less than £50 million this summer.

In 324 matches for Manchester City in all competitions, Sterling has scored 127 goals and 91 assists. Since 2015, he has won three Premier League titles, five EFL Cups and one FA Cup.

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