Manchester City are set to offer Raheem Sterling a new contract despite the England international struggling with form this season.
Raheem Sterling has had quite a topsy-turvy season so far at Manchester City despite the club winning the Premier League, EFL Cup and reaching the Champions League final. The 26-year-old has struggled with form and has failed to keep his regular spot in the line-up thereby losing his prominence to 20-year-old, Phil Foden.
Sterling’s have not been up to the mark when compared to his tally of 20 Premier League goals last season. This time around, he has only found the back of the net 10 times in 30 appearances.
The Telegraph reports that Manchester City are set to offer Raheem Sterling a new contract with his current deal expiring in 2023. The Sky Blues seem to be keen on securing their prized asset for the future after there were rumours in the past linking the forward to Real Madrid.
Sterling, at the age of 26, has already scored 114 goals and has provided 89 assists in all competitions for Manchester City since signing for them in the summer of 2016 for 50 million pounds. The newly proposed contract will ensure that Raheem Sterling spends his prime years at the Etihad Stadium. The 26-year-old has been pivotal for the Sky Blues and has played an important role in helping them win three Premier League titles since he signed for the club.
With Sergio Aguero leaving at the end of the season, Pep Guardiola could be banking on Raheem Sterling to step up in the goal-scoring department next season. Guardiola had earlier stated in an interview that Manchester City will not be signing a striker in the summer, however, the club has been linked with Harry Kane who is keen on leaving Tottenham Hotspur.
If the Sky Blues don’t sign a striker this summer then it will be Sterling who will have to shoulder the responsibility of scoring goals consistently. It is quite evident that the 26-year-old has had a frustrating season but it could all change next year if he manages to overcome his inefficiency in front of goal especially if he is utilised as a centre-forward.
In the meantime, Manchester City gear up for their maiden Champions League final against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. Sterling is certainly not the favourite to start in City’s biggest game of the season, courtesy of Phil Foden’s form. Do you think he deserves an extension to his contract?