MANCHESTER CITY’S Raheem Sterling has put contract talks on hold in the hope that Real Madrid sweep him away from the Etihad Stadium, according to reports.
With an eight-point gap to Barcelona and a pitiful seven trophies in the last two seasons, Real Madrid will spend big in January, or else. Eden Hazard remains perpetually on their radar, but he has company among the Chelsea ranks in goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. More realistic, if less catchy, names on Zinedine Zidane’s wishlist include Real Sociedad’s Alvaro Odriozola and Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Syrtling;s latest effort came in the 96th minute to claim all three points against Southampton in the Premier League.
The England star’s upturn in form has come from a slight tactical tweak, where he is now utilised as an inside-forward rather than an out-and-out winger.
His performances have apparently caught the eye of some of Europe’s elite clubs, especially because he has scored in four of City’s five Champions League matches this season.
The 23-year-old still has two years left on the £180,000-a-week contract he signed when he joined City from Liverpool in 2015.But with Sterling in sublime form throughout City’s push to the top of the Premier League, it’s likely the club will look to secure his future in Manchester before next summer.
The Blues are keen to sit down and extend his stay beyond 2019.
But the Mirror are reporting that Sterling is stalling on a new deal.
It is suggested that the 22-year-old earns £180,000-a-week with City, which Real would have no problem matching or even bettering.
The attacker had the opportunity to join Arsenal last summer as part of a deal to bring Alexis Sanchez to the Etihad.
But Guardiola insisted that he wanted the ex-Liverpool man to stay with his side.
Sterling will now wait until after next year’s World Cup to decide his fate.