Raheem Sterling in profile
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Manchester City don’t want to sell Raheem Sterling and would prefer for him to sign a new contract at the Etihad Stadium, according to reports. Barcelona have been linked following the departure of Lionel Messi. And so too have Newcastle, now they’re one of the richest clubs in world football.
Sterling joined Manchester City back in the summer transfer window of 2015, leaving Liverpool behind in the process.
And, during his time at the Etihad Stadium, he’s been successful under the tutelage of Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola respectively.
However, over the past 18 months, Sterling has struggled.
While he was outstanding for England at the European Championships, the forward has fallen down Guardiola’s pecking order.
As a result, both Barcelona and Newcastle have been strongly linked.
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Barcelona lost Messi and Antoine Griezmann back in the summer and, due to their poor financial situation at the time, were unable to land a marquee replacement for either player.
Newcastle, meanwhile, are now one of the richest clubs on the planet after their takeover from a Saudi Arabian consortium.
But The Sun say City want to keep Sterling, despite the forward struggling of late.
They’ve been trying to talk the 26-year-old into renewing his stay at the club, with his current deal due to expire in 2023.
However, with Sterling determined for regular starts, whether they’re able to tie him down remains to be seen.
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Sterling had started only four of 11 matches for Guardiola’s team this season, though the duo did recently have a heart-to-heart.
The City forward had supposedly vowed to give his all in a more central role, especially given the club’s lack of options in the No 9 position.
But with Newcastle and Barcelona lurking, Sterling’s long-term future at the Etihad Stadium remains shrouded in uncertainty.
The Magpies were recently urged to move for the City star by Warren Barton, who said: “It’s sensational news, I’ve had people crying on the phone, I’ve had people singing, I’ve had people questioning if it’s going to happen, is it reality? Is it another false alarm?
“We’ve waited this long, we’ve waited 14 years to have a little bit of respect, a little bit of pride and passion put into the football club.
“All we’ve ever wanted is to be able to compete and challenge, we’ve never promised that we want to win every trophy going, but we want to have a little bit of respect and the fans haven’t had that, it’s been a long long time since the fans had any respect from the ownership.
“Without the fans you haven’t got a football club, and the football club didn’t realise that, the ownership didn’t realise that, but now we might have our club back, and if we’ve got that we’ve got a hell of a chance of being successful.
“I would move him [Steve Bruce] on, I think it’s come to an end, the trust and the fans showed that with their voting.
“At the moment [Antonio] Conte is out there, you’ve got someone who has won in numerous leagues.
“I want someone who’s going to take this club forward like Steven Gerrard did at Rangers, and have some desire and have some pride and have some mojo that is going to show this club and this league that we’re going to compete and we’re going to get back, because Kevin [Keegan] did that, Sir Bobby [Robson] did that, we’ve got to have people like that around the club.
“Haaland, I think long term he’s aggressive, he scores goals, he’s right up my alley.
“He’s someone I would like to have, you haven’t got to worry about his temperament, you haven’t got to worry because of his upbringing with his dad he knows england and the philosophy, and I love him.
“You’ve got to strike while the iron’s hot, you’ve got to look, [Raheem] Sterling, not happy, not playing at Man City, come and join us.”
Sterling started for England against Hungary on Tuesday night.
But the Three Lions were disappointing and couldn’t win, instead leaving Wembley with a 1-1 draw.
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