Manchester City will demonstrate to Raheem Sterling that he is part of Pep Guardiola’s long-term plans by offering him a new contract, Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday reports.
The England international has close to three years remaining on his current deal, but with Arsenal reported to be interested, potentially willing to use Alexis Sanchez as bait to tempt City into selling the 22-year-old, the club want to reassure Raheem that they want him around for the long-term.
Sterling scored twice on Saturday against Crystal Palace to make it five goals in five Premier League games for the season and Pep Guardiola refuses to entertain the idea of selling him to the Gunners, who it is said could make an offer in January. Though City remain keen on signing Alexis Sanchez, there is no need to part with Sterling, with the Chilean out of contract next summer.
Sterling joined City in 2015 for an initial £44million, with a further potential £5million in add-ons, and is developing well under the guidance of Guardiola. He scored 7 goals in 33 league appearances last season and is only two goals behind that tally six games into the current campaign.