Raheem Sterling to reject bumper Man City deal – one condition would change decision

Raheem Sterling will NOT sign a new bumper deal at Manchester City, unless Pep Guardiola confirms his place at the club beyond his remaining 18 months, according to an exclusive report from the Sun.

The Manchester City and England winger has been a crucial part of the club’s dominance in English football under Pep Guardiola, but attempts to retain his services for the long-term could be dealt a huge blow unless his Catalan coach confirms his place at the club.

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According to the Sun, Raheem Sterling wants reassurances that Pep Guardiola is committing his future to the Etihad Stadium beyond the 18 months remaining on his existing deal, before he himself puts pen to paper on a new bumper deal with the current Premier League champions.

It is claimed that if Pep Guardiola was to walk away and take charge of another club, Raheem Sterling would quickly follow him – after building a deep bond with the former Barcelona head coach. The report also suggests that following his remarkable development under Guardiola, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG would be happy to pay over £200 million for the player – this appears to be merely speculation without any concrete grounding to such claims.

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Sterling has been an integral part of both Manchester City and England’s recent success. Since the arrival of Pep Guardiola in 2016, Sterling has made 161 appearances, scoring 74 goals and providing 60 assists in the process – a remarkable return for a player hampered by criticism from the majority of British tabloids following his £50 million move from Liverpool in 2015.

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