Discussions over a new contract between Manchester City and Raheem Sterling have reportedly been put on hold until the end of the season, with the England superstar chasing a new £320k-a-week deal.
According to an exclusive report by the Sun, there is no suggestion that the pause in negotiations is due to a breakdown in relationship between player and club, with sources citing a multitude of reasons for the talks being 'put on ice'.
One of which is that Raheem Sterling - who recently parted company with long term agent Aidy Ward - is yet to decide on a long-term management move, with the players current affairs, including the ongoing contract negotiation, being dealt with by a team of lawyers.
As well as this, with Pep Guardiola's side chasing an unprecedented Quadruple, sources claim that Manchester City are aiming to avoid any dressing room unsettlement, opting to deal with non-urgent contract discussions at the end of the season.
According to reports, Raheem Sterling currently earns around £275,000-per-week at Manchester City. Should negotiations resume smoothly in the summer, he is expected to sign a five-year-deal worth around £320,000-per-week.
Encouragingly, such is the strength of the relationship between the player and club, it is not believed that the 'cooling off' in negotiations will effect the likelihood of the deals completion.
Therefore, given that there is no indication of Raheem Sterling's desire to leave the Etihad, both parties will hope that by the time pen goes to paper in the summer, Raheem Sterling will have added a Quadruple to an already glistening trophy cabinet.
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