Raheem Sterling has signed a new three year contract extension, bringing an end to speculation about the winger’s future and tying him to the club until 2023.
The previous deal was due to expire at the end of next season and rumours have circulated that talks were not progressing and, coupled with the winger’s previously noted comments about wanting to one day play abroad, there was a possibility that he could have walked away from the club.
However, Sterling has now put pen to paper and will continue his progression under blues manager Pep Guardiola. “I’m delighted to sign,” Sterling said today. “My development here has been incredible. I felt from the minute I got here it was the right choice for me. It’s paid off and I’m really grateful.”
The former Liverpool man has come under fire this year, particularly when playing for England at this summer’s World Cup. But Sterling has answered his critics in style, scoring seven goals so far this season, to go with the 23 he bagged last term.
City director of football Txiki Begiristain said Sterling’s signature on the contract was a ‘significant moment’ for the club. “Raheem has improved dramatically in the past two seasons, and is now one of the Premier League’s best attacking players.
“He’s quick, strong and excellent in front of goal, everything a modern day forward needs to excel.”
Sterling joined the blues for £49m from Liverpool in 2015 and has won the Premier League and two League Cup in those three years, fully justifying his move from Merseyside to Manchester.