Man City To Make Sterling One Of The EPL's Highest Paid Stars?

Manchester City could face a battle to keep Raheem Sterling, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all interested in the England star. The former Liverpool player is already under contract until 2020, but it is understood City will open negotiations on an improved extension at the end of the season.

Guardiola insisted discussions over Sterling's contract are a question for director of football Txiki Begiristain, but the City manager was adamant keeping hold of the player is vital. The agents and many circumstances, maybe other clubs are interested in him.

Manchester City's 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park in January 2016 was not only the heaviest of Guardiola's managerial career but left the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss anxious whether his total football methods could work in the Premier League.

But now Jorginho is doing some running, and has made it clear he's chuffed with claims Pep Guardiola is keen on taking him to the Etihad.

"The problem is we have Sergio so it was important for him, his confidence".

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Former England Test captain Michael Vaughan was similarly unconvinced, tweeting "Only 3 people knew". "We all do", he said. Smith was merely found to have "knowledge of a plan to artificially alter the condition of the ball".

The 23-year-old impressed in England's 1-1 draw with Italy on Tuesday that saw City defender John Stones taken off with concussion.

If City win their next two Premier League games against Everton and United, they will be guaranteed the title. "I don't like to analyse what happened last season".

"Goodison is always a tough place to go and I think it would be a mistake to do otherwise".

"He feels really good but the rules say he needs seven days off.everybody else is really good", said Guardiola whose team need two wins to secure the title.

  • Lawrence Cooper