Manchester City are cracking down on contract negotiations during the temporary suspension of European football.
They are aiming to tie down their most important players after receiving a two-year ban from UEFA competitions.
That means no Champions League or Europa League for the next two seasons. This is hugely unacceptable for some of the world’s best players even if they are happy at the Etihad currently. City are due to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but the review process could take longer due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Fresh terms are being offered to Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne even though the duo has three years remaining on their current deals. City are ambitious on winning the Champions League this season, especially after beating Real Madrid in the first leg 2-1.
De Bruyne is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world at this moment. He has provided 20 assists in 35 appearances this season, playing an instrumental part in Pep Guardiola’s attacking setup. Sterling has also broken out as a great offensive outlet. He has scored 11 goals in 24 Premier League appearances which is far from his best. The England international has drastically improved since his move from Liverpool in 2015.