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Raheem Sterling joined Manchester city on a five year contract from rivals Liverpool for an initial £44 million, with a further potential £5 million in add-ons back in 2015. He turned down a new deal from the Reds as he decided to leave the club.
The 23 year old struggled with consistency during his first season with the club. But since Pep Guardiola took over the charge of City in 2016, he has improved considerably under the coach especially his finishing as he was criticized for lack of composure in front of goal earlier.
The England International has enjoyed the most prolific season of his career, scoring 18 Premier League goals and providing 11 assists. He has helped his team to win the League Cup and Premier League, competing the domestic double.
Manchester have already offered the winger a new deal to fend off interest from other clubs but the player has reportedly decided to delay talks over a new contract with the club until after the World Cup.
Guardiola is hoping that Sterling signs a new deal with the club and is confident he will be at the club for a long time.
“The club, the chairman and myself would like him to stay for a long, long time and sign a new contract,” Guardiola said as quoted by BBC Sport
“That is now not in my head because, like I said to your colleague, I go on holiday in two days.
“We want him to stay as long as possible.”