In a recent report, ESPN stated that Manchester City are set to resume contract talks with Raheem Sterling. It is understood that the Mancunian giants are planning to extend the England international’s current deal which runs out in 2023 amid interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
Sterling’s Impressive Numbers At The Etihad Stadium This Season
The 27-year-old has experienced a decent season at Man City after producing a run of fruitful displays as a key member of Pep Guardiola’s attack. Sterling has featured in 27 matches for the Mancunian outfit this season, netting nine goals and grabbing three assists in all competitions.
The ex-Liverpool talent has given a good account of himself by averaging 1.9 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been tidy when distributing possession in the final third as he has completed 86.6% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).
Manchester City Set To Resume Contract Talks With Sterling: Good Move For Both Parties?
Sterling can make full use of quickness and agility to get the better of his marker out on the wide areas. He tends to come alive when left isolated in a 1v1 situation with the opposition and can be a streaky finisher in the attacking end of the pitch.
The England international is usually quite clever with his movements in and around the opponent’s penalty box. However, he has sometimes struggled to get into Guardiola’s first-team this season which has put his long-term future with Man City in doubt.
Currently, Sterling remains an important member of Guardiola‘s squad due to his electric pace and goal-scoring ability. Thus, it makes sense for the Mancunian giants to tie the English winger down to a new contract.
Sterling needs to sort out his long-term future so that he can solely concentrate on improving himself on the field. Thus, he should think about extending his contract with the Premier League leaders. It could prove to be a good move for both the player and the Mancunian club as they look to win even more top honours collectively in the coming seasons.