City will table a lucrative new deal to keep Sterling at the Etihad as he enters his prime years after manager Guardiola signed a two-year extension earlier this week

Manchester City will look to secure Raheem Sterling for the peak years of his career following Pep Guardiola decision to commit himself to the club for a further two seasons.

City have made new contracts for Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne their top priority after Guardiola penned an agreement that will keep him at the Etihad until 2023.

Club bosses see Guardiola’s new deal as a huge statement of intent – and in January they intend to strengthen their hand further by opening formal talks with Lionel Messi about bringing the Barcelona superstar to Manchester.

With Messi still at war with the Nou Camp club, insiders at the Etihad believe his arrival next summer is close to a formality – a key factor in Guardiola’s decision to stay at City for seven years.

Sealing De Bruyne’s future also appears to be straight forward after the Belgian made it clear during initial negotiations that he is happy with the club and the terms of a new £350,000-a-week deal that will run until 2025. Continue reading

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