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STERLING WANTS NEW BUMPER DEAL

Raheem Sterling is set to resume contract talks with Manchester City within the next few days with the hope being that his contract stalemate will come to an end, Henry Winter of The Times reports.

The 23-year-old has failed to agree a new contract with the club so far, and his current contract expires in 2020, meaning he has become Txiki Begiristain’s top priority. City view Raheem as a prime asset and want him to commit his long-term future to the club.

Contrary to previous reports, Sterling is not seeking parity with the club’s top earners, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero, but wants a £100,000 wage rise, which would lift his weekly salary from £175,000 to £275,000-a-week including bonuses and image rights.

The England winger is settled in Manchester and is very happy working with Pep Guardiola, and there is a desire on both sides to extend his increasingly successful stay at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite announcing record revenues of £500.5million and a fourth consecutive profit, this time of £10.5million, City remain mindful of Financial Fair Play and that has led to a system with heavily incentivising contracts that involve players earning lower basics but the potential of earning much more via a bonus system.

Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus and Ederson have all signed new deals, and now it is Raheem Sterling’s turn to commit himself to Manchester City – if terms can finally be agreed in the coming days.

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