Man City’s Raheem Sterling transfer stance after Jack Grealish move

Sterling’s future at Manchester City is said to be uncertain after the club paid a Premier League record transfer fee of £100million to sign England teammate Jack Grealish

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Manchester City are set to restart contract talks with Raheem Sterling amid his uncertain future.

Sterling 26, still has two years remaining on his current deal but the Citizens are looking to resolve his situation after links to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

The winger starred for England at Euro 2020 this summer, scoring three goals as Gareth Southgate’s side reached the final.

Having captained City on multiple occasions last season as they stormed to the Premier League title, Sterling place’s became less certain as Pep Guardiola experimented with his side.

His position is now under serious threat after the signing of England teammate Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, costing a club-record fee of £100million.

The Sun report that talks between Sterling and the Etihad hierarchy have resumed talks after they failed to come to an agreement over a new contract in the spring.

The No. 7 separated from his agent last year but was reportedly one of the players which the Citizens were keen on letting go in a player-plus-cash deal for Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.

Sterling made the fewest number of starts and appearances in the Premier League under Guardiola in 2020-21, scoring half as many goals (10) as he had racked up the preceding term.

Raheem Sterling was a talisman for England at the European Championships by scoring three goals


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Competition for attacking midfield or wide forward spot is even hotter in east Manchester with Grealish in the mix, who says he can play in a variety of positions.

Speaking at his unveiling on Monday evening, the 25-year-old praised his new manager by saying: “Even the few days I’ve been here, I’ve had two sessions but it’s crazy seeing the work he [Guardiola] does, it’s no surprise he’s been so successful in his own career, some of his tactics are out of this world.

“I feel like I can bring a lot to the team, the manager will choose what position to play me in.”

Although he may well replace Sterling in Guardiola’s XI, the former Villa captain is relishing linking up with his international pal.

“Raheem is one of the best wingers in the world as well now, I feel like he can take my game to the next level,” Grealish said.

“I’m going to learn from him every day and I can’t wait to work with him, the way he is in training is unbelievable.”

Unfortunately for the new face at the Etihad, Sterling was not involved in City’s Community Shield defeat to Leicester City on Saturday.

An 89th-minute Kelechi Iheanacho penalty gave the Foxes a 1-0 win at Wembley as Grealish made his Citizens debut from the bench.

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