Pep Guardiola is always clear about his role at a club and that is to focus on coaching the players, not involve himself in off-the-pitch negotiations.
However, one player at Manchester City is so important to him that Pep felt the need to intervene in contract talks to ensure the player would stick around for the long-term.
That man, according to Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror, was none other than Raheem Sterling, who extended his contract until 2023 earlier this week.
Guardiola, who normally leaves all the wheeling and dealing to his trusted friend Txiki Begiristain, Manchester City’s sporting director, is said to have gotten involved when City were refusing to meet Raz’s wage demands.
Pep considers Sterling to be important enough to his team that he urged Txiki to get the deal done, thus taking the rare step out of his comfort zone and becoming influential in contract negotiations.
The rest is history, with Sterling putting pen to paper on a new bumper deal that puts him among City’s highest earners, and he will now be a Citizen for years to come.
23-year-old Sterling has been in sensational form for City, with 7 goals and 7 assists in 14 appearances so far this season.