Sterling future casts shadow over Man City trip to Everton

Manchester City are set to open talks with Raheem Sterling over a new contract

When asked about the Frenchman's return, Pep responded: "I don't know, but he is much much better - especially over the past week or 10 days as he has been training with us".

It may be a stick that Sterling's critics use to beat him with on a regular basis, but his unique running style hasn't hampered his form this season, as he's been firing on all cylinders for Premier League leaders Manchester City.

"It's so important for him", Guardiola said of the goal. "For contracts I'm not the guy, it's Txiki (Begiristain, City's director of football)".

England star Sterling, whose £180,000-a-week contract runs to 2020, will open talks over a new deal at the end of the season aware that Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris St Germain are all monitoring developments. We will see tomorrow'.

Guardiola is nearly able to pick from a full squad in a crucial 10 days that will see City play both legs of their Champions League quarterfinal with Liverpool sandwiched by a potential title-winning derby against Manchester United.




"No doubt, so important", said Guardiola.

The 20-year-old forward scored the only goal of the friendly between Brazil and world champions Germany on Tuesday, suggesting that after spending the first two months of 2018 recovering from a knee injury, he could be about to enjoy a breakout tournament at the World Cup.

"The problem is we have Sergio so it was important for him, his confidence".

Guardiola warned that his players must be at their absolute best with the Champions League doubleheader against Liverpool.

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