The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted with the improvement of Raheem Sterling in the past two seasons.
When City signed Sterling from Liverpool in a deal worth £49 million in July 2015, huge things were expected of the 21-year-old. However, during his first season for the club, Sterling looked tame, scared and out of his depth. He still managed to score 11 goals and lay on 10 assists from 47 appearances, but he swiftly became ridiculed by fans and pundits throughout the country for his average performances.
Fast-forward two years, and City are reportedly opening up contract negotiations with Sterling regarding a new deal that could be worth up to £250,000 a week according to The Guardian – which represents an increase of almost £80,000 on his current deal that expires in June 2020.
And if anyone has earned that sort of lucrative contract at City during the last two seasons, then it’s Sterling.
The England international has been far and away City’s most improved talent under Pep Guardiola since he joined the club in 2016, and he certainly owes a debt to his manager for enabling him to take a huge step up with his performances.
City’s decision to offer Sterling a new contract at this stage in the season could give everyone a massive boost ahead of their Champions League run in.
The togetherness that has been shown by the City players this season has been one of the main factors for their success, and extending the contract of one of the club’s stand out performers will further enhance the bond between the players.
Not only will City’s contract offer ensure that Sterling will remain in Manchester beyond 2020 and boost morale at the club, but it will also set a precedent to the rest of the squad by showing the players that excellent performances will be rewarded financially.