18-goal sensation Raheem Sterling is expected to open talks over a new long-term deal at Manchester City in February, Jamie Jackson of The Guardian reports.
The 23-year-old is halfway through a contract that expires in the summer of 2020, and with his increased importance in the side under Pep Guardiola, City are eager to secure his long-term future.
The England winger is expected to be offered improved terms with his basic wage rising to around £230,000-a-week, with lucrative incentives possibly taking that beyond the £250,000-a-week mark.
It would reflect Raheem’s status as one of City’s top players now by making him one of the best earners, with Kevin De Bruyne expected to receive a higher salary once ongoing contract negotiations conclude.
Sterling’s improvement has been impossible to overlook this season. His tally of 18 goals in 27 games is far superior to anything he has managed before, but his overall play has improved greatly under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola.
Arsenal tried to sign Raheem as part of a deal for Alexis Sanchez in the summer, but Guardiola refused to entertain the idea and has since been repaid by the Jamaica-born player.
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