Raheem Sterling could be on the verge of a lucrative increase on his £300,000-a-week contract after news emerged the Premier League champions have opened talks over a new deal.
The 24-year-old winger has developed into one of the world’s elite footballers under the guiding hand of Pep Guardiola, with his form in the current campaign even eclipsing that of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
With 14 goals and five assists from 17 games in all competitions, Man City chiefs are reportedly set to waste no time and tempt Sterling with a new deal despite only signing his latest extension in 2023.
British newspaper the Mirror broke the story, revealing: “City’s last contract for Sterling takes him up to 2023 and is worth up to £300,000-a-week but his form in the past year has made them want to ensure they tie him down for as long as possible.”
Despite trailing league-leaders Liverpool by 9 points, Sterling has been at the forefront of City’s attack that has currently outscored their title rival by seven goals in the league.
His development as a footballer has lead to lucrative sponsorship opportunities outside of football, with the article stating that Sterling has: “overtaken David Beckham as the most marketable player in football with deals with Nike, Gillette and featuring in FIFA adverts.”
The frontman was at the center of a bust-up with fellow England international Joe Gomez last week, but showed great maturity in attempting to smooth over the situation after the Liverpool center-half was booed by a section of England fans in their clash with Montenegro.