Manchester City are ready to offer a new contract to winger Raheem Sterling, in an effort to ward off interest from Real Madrid, reports the Evening Standard.
Sterling scored 23 goals in a record-breaking season for the blues, including the odd last minute winners to secure his first Premier League title, and he has made no secret of his desire to play abroad one day.
But the blues are confident they will be able to resist any offers for the 23 year old and are reportedly preparing a new contract for the England man. So far, Sterling is yet to commit his future to the blues in the same way the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho have, however the winger still has another two years left on his current contract.
Although they are reported to have renewed their interest, it is not thought an offer is imminent with the European transfer window closing on Friday. Real are rumoured to be sending a scouting party to Wembley as England’s UEFA Nations League gets under way.
With rumours abound, City boss Pep Guardiola has reiterated his desire to keep Sterling. “We are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay,” says Guardiola. “We’ll do our effort to make him feel we count on him. And we do count on him. In the end the agents may not have agreements and that may not happen. But he knows and his agent knows we like him and want him a lot.”
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