Manchester City are reportedly planning to offer Raheem Sterling a lucrative new contract worth £275,000 a week amid rumoured interest from Real Madrid.
According to The Mirror, City are yet to open talks with Sterling but want him to follow the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi and Fernandinho in signing new long-term deals.
The 23-year-old Sterling has two more years remaining on his £180,000-a-week City deal and he has excelled under Pep Guardiola’s guidance this season.
Sterling has scored 18 goals in 31 games in all competitions and City lead the Premier League standings by 12 points.
England international Sterling has credited Guardiola for increasing his ruthless streak in front of goal.
‘I’ve probably had better seasons dribbling, but this is the most efficient I’ve been and that’s exactly what I want to do. There is no point dribbling if you are not helping the team,’ Sterling said in December.
‘It is definitely my best season in terms of goalscoring. Who wouldn’t enjoy this?
‘It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’ve always wanted to improve on and get better at. I’m just happy to bring that to pass and hopefully I can carry on.
‘Keep winning – that’s the biggest motivation that you can have, to have the next games come so thick and fast, we have to try and keep that run going.
‘Once you win the game and the stats come up, that’s all well and good. They’re nice to have on your CV but we have to keep winning. Records only stand for a certain amount of time and we can’t be thinking about that.’