Manchester City want to agree new contracts with two more big names before the end of the season, according to EuroSport this week.
The club announced on Wednesday morning that star midfielder Kevin de Bruyne had signed a two-year extension on his current deal, keeping him at the club until 2025 - the year that would mark a decade of the service to the club from the Belgium international.
Now, a report from EuroSport journalist Dean Jones claims that Manchester City are also close to agreeing a new deal with rising star Phil Foden, while they are hopeful that his England international teammate Raheem Sterling will also sign a renewal to his existing contract.
It is claimed that Manchester City see keeping their star players on long-term contracts as a crucial part of "the next stage of Guardiola's rebuild", and will not want a repeat of the situation that saw them being forced into selling Germany winger Leroy Sané to Bayern Munich last Summer.
Reportedly, negotiations with Phil Foden have progressed more readily than those with Raheem Sterling, but nothing to do with the demands from the latter. The 26-year-old winger recently parted ways with his long-term agent Aidy Ward, and there is a belief in some corners that Sterling could go down the route of being represented by lawyers as opposed to an individual agent.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that talks with Raheem Sterling have been complex, after recent reports indicated that negotiations had been put on hold due to his representation situation.
Between them, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden have amassed 150 Manchester City goals in just under 400 appearances - a clear indication as to why Etihad officials will be determined to secure their pairs services for the foreseeable future.
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