Raheem Sterling shone for the Mancunians this season as they cantered to a Premier League title in mid-April. He expected to earn a significant wage rise following his displays, but talks of a contract extension with his club have reached a standstill.
SSN understands that Manchester City have met Sterling’s representatives on two separate occasions since the season concluded on May 6. Both parties have so far been unable to find common ground over the player’s wages.
Consequently, his future at the Etihad looks less than certain. The wide forward is about to enter the last 2 years of his contract with the Blue side of Manchester. If he doesn’t sign an extension now, he would be a transfer target for several top European clubs.
The 23-year-old has been with Manchester City since 2015 following a tedious transfer saga. His first season was a failure of sorts, but under Pep Guardiola, his level of play has picked up dramatically.
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He is in the long-term plans for the English national side, and is slated to play in Russia in the weeks to come as a strong candidate for a starting berth.
Sterling’s loss will sting the Mancunian giants much less today than it would’ve last season, considering how well they’ve reinforced their squad strength.
Of late, Man City have agreed new deals with Fernandinho, David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, and superstar midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.
The Belgian signed a new 6-year contract paying him a staggering £350,000 weekly. This puts him in the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi territory in terms of wages.
Meanwhile, Sterling’s current deal is worth £175,000 – half of that sum.
The contrast between the two players’ importance to City’s squad is clear, but his agent will continue to play hardball to squeeze every last penny that he can from the deep pockets of Sheikh Mansour.