Spanish giants Real Madrid have reignited their interest in Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling and plan to have him watched during England vs. Spain next month, Sky Sports News reports.
Sterling, who has publicly said he would be keen on a move abroad at some point, has been linked with Madrid before and it is reported that representatives of the reigning Champions League holders will be in attendance to observe him when England face Spain.
Scouts of the La Liga club will continue to report back to the Bernabeu through to January, when Sterling will have just 18 months left on his contract.
The 23-year-old is currently involved in a contract stand-off with Manchester City and wants parity with the club’s top earners Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, something City bosses are reluctant to allow.
The former Liverpool man, who found the net 23 times last season for Pep Guardiola’s side, is under contract until 2020, but if no agreement over a new deal is reached by next summer, City may sell him with Real Madrid emerging as a realistic destination in that scenario.
Guardiola wants ‘Raz’ to stick around at the Etihad Stadium and made that clear earlier this month after he found the net against Arsenal.
“We are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay,” Guardiola told reporters.
“We’ll do our effort to make him feel we count on him. And we count on him.
“We arrived after a difficult season and I told him I want to help him and would like him to be happy.
“In the end, the agents may not have agreements and that may not happen.
“But he knows and his agent knows we like him and want him a lot.”
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