Raheem Sterling's future with Man City could finally be resolved in the coming weeks after the club moved to start fresh contract talks with the England international's representatives, according to reports.
Raheem Sterling's long term future with Manchester City could finally be resolved in the coming weeks after the club moved to initiate fresh contract talks with the England international's representatives, according to reports.
Sterling, 23, will find himself in the final season of the five-year deal he signed following his move from Liverpool in 2015 next summer, leaving the Citizens with the possibility of losing the attacker for free should no new deal be agreed.
Sky Sports, however, moved to dismiss earlier reports of an impasse in discussions between Sterling's party and City's director of football, Txiki Begiristan, and instead claim that the club have now called for a fresh round of discussions to thrash out a new deal.
The 23-year-old has grown in stature with each passing season at the Etihad and was a key man for Pep Guardiola's title winning side last term having notched 23 goals, a run of form which he has taken into the current season having already scored three in the opening five games.
Under no illusion as to the importance to his side, Guardiola said of Sterling and his contract issue earlier this week: "It's well known we're delighted with him and would like him to continue. My club knows my opinion and we share that. After that it is the club and the agent."
The England international had been subject to reported interest from Real Madrid over the summer having made his interest to play overseas known.
However, having already tied a plethora of new stars to new deals including the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and Gabrial Jesus, City will be determined to extend Sterling's stay well beyond his current 2020 expiration date.