Manchester City are set to open contract talks with star duo Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling showing that they intend to keep their best players despite a two-year ban from the Champions League.
Several Sky Blues players have been linked with moves away from the club in recent weeks following their heavy punishment from UEFA for breaching FFP rules.
Guardiola has always insisted that he, along with his players remain firmly committed to City.
But they have taken a huge step towards making that a reality, with multiple reports claiming that Sterling and De Bruyne are set to extend their stay at the Etihad Stadium.
It’s thought that discussions will opened with both players and their representatives in the coming weeks.
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Since the start of last season, as many as 10 first-team players have extended their contracts, including key trio Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte.
Sterling still has three years left to run on his contract, having signed a new five-year deal towards the end of 2018 worth up to £300,000-a-week.
The England winger admitted recently that his future remained an open book, with Real Madrid thought to be eyeing a move for the 25-year-old.
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"No one knows what the future will hold,”he said. “I am a player and I am always open to challenges but right now my challenge is at City and I'm really happy.”
Meanwhile, De Bruyne, who joined City from Chelsea in 2015 before extending his deal in 2018 for a further five years, exactly like Sterling.
The Belgian playmaker is now widely regarded as the best player in the Premier League.
And City reportedly have a policy of handing new deals to their most important players, regardless of their current contractual situation.
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De Bruyne admitted last year that he would like to join ex-captain Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht once he was no longer such an asset for the Blues.
He told the Sun: “I’ve told him to keep a place in his team for me in a year, or seven, when I’m finished here [at Man City].
“If he does do that for me I will already have my next destination lined up; my next job.”
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