Manchester City happy to wait for Sterling

Manchester City

Further talks over a contract extension for Raheem Sterling could be shelved until early in the new year, senior Man City insiders claimed on Tuesday evening.

Recent reports claimed Etihad chiefs have offered the England winger a new deal worth £450,000-per-week. However, they are wide of the mark, as are suggestions the former Liverpool player is refusing to commit more years to the champions unless manager Pep Guardiola also extends his own stay.

It has been pointed out Sterling signed a £300,000-per-week deal last November until 2023 in the knowledge Guardiola had extended just a few months earlier until 2021.

The 24-year-old was this week announced as one of the nominees for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year after a superb 12 months on and off the pitch.

Sterling has managed 18 goals in 23 appearances for both club and country this season, while also raising awareness of ongoing racism in football.

City insiders have revealed the club’s paymasters would like to secure a new agreement with one of their star performers well before next summer’s European Championship.

However, the Citizens want Sterling to remain focused during the busy December programme of fixtures and leave the timeline to them and his trusted adviser, Aidy Ward.

City are entirely comfortable with that approach and are confident they can convince Sterling to commit his peak years when the time is right.

Director of football Txiki Begiristain came in for some criticism when he agreed to pay £50million to sign the player from Liverpool  in 2015, with plenty on Merseyside also believing the Reds had got the better end of the deal.

Sterling is widely considered one of the best players in the world right now, with City wanting to further protect an asset they know could fetch close to £200million in the present climate – certainly with Real Madrid leaking continued admiration for his talents.