Raheem Sterling to delay Manchester City contract talks until after World Cup – report

Raheem Sterling is ready to follow Leroy Sané and Gabriel Jesus in postponing contract talks with Manchester City until after this summer’s World Cup, the BBC reports.

Sterling is under contract until 2020 and renewing his deal has become a priority for City, but they will be made to wait a while having been expected to open talks with the 23-year-old at the end of the season.

After the best season of his career, in which he has found the net 23 times in all competitions, he is prepared to bide his time, perhaps feeling that a good World Cup would raise his value further.

The England international is expected to stay at the Etihad Stadium, but some of Europe’s leading clubs will be alerted by this development, with Real Madrid among those rumoured to have shown interest in recent months.

Sterling joined Man City three years ago from Liverpool for an initial £44million, rising to a potential £49million, and after a bumpy start, it can safely be said now that he has been a fine investment by the Blues. The hope now will be to secure his long-term future and keep him in Manchester through his peak years.

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