Raheem Sterling wants to ensure he remains a key player in Pep’s squad

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Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling wants to ensure he remains a key player in Pep Guardiola’s squad. Before deciding to sign a new contract.

Sterling has two more seasons left on his Manchester City contract, or until the end of next season 2022-23. While the club have offered a new contract to be considered. But the England winger remains reluctant because he hasn’t been given the opportunity to start regularly.

The 26-year-old has started just four of Manchester City’s 11 games earlier this season. Previously, he dropped out of the team several games in the last few weeks of last season. Causing the former Liverpool star to start thinking heavily about the future whether to fight for a place at the Etihad Stadium or decide to move to find new experiences

According to The Sun, if Sterling is to sign a new contract with Manchester City. The England winger wants assurances over his future that he will play a bigger role in Guardiola’s squad than ever before. By this time, Barcelona is a team that is watching and paying attention. And knows that players want to prove their pace in La Liga one day

However, Manchester City have no plans to sell Sterling in January or next summer. And also hope that the 26-year-old wing will extend a new contract with the team in the end.

Yet Sterling was on the bench for all of them, coming on in the second  half on each occasion.

In fact, he has only one league start under his belt since the opening day  — in the goalless draw with Southampton.

Of the four games he has started for his club this season, the team   failed to win three of them.

Such a situation would have been unthinkable at the turn of the year. Even at the end of February when he scored the only goal in a vital victory at  Arsenal.

Yet he seemed to pay a heavy price for City’s poor show in a home defeat  to United in the Manchester derby  in March.