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Forget Sterling: Securing this man’s future is more important for Man City this summer

Manchester City supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been using the last few days to look back at their side’s remarkable season so far, and indeed look forward to what they could go on to achieve in the final few months of the campaign.

Pep Guardiola’s men have already secured one trophy this season in the form of the Carabao Cup, having eased past Arsenal 3-0 in the final at Wembley last weekend to secure their first piece of silverware under the Spaniard. And with a healthy advantage at the summit of the Premier League, and having all but booked their place in the last eight of the Champions League, further silverware could be on the way for the Citizens this term in what has so far been a sensational season from Guardiola’s side.

As such, there are many delighted City fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can become the first English club since neighbours Manchester United back in 1999 to win the treble.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Citizens supporters to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that their club will wait to open contract talks with Raheem Sterling until the summer.

And while it is important for the North West outfit to secure an agreement with the 23-year-old this summer, they must forget about his future as it is infinitely more important for them to secure Guardiola’s future.

Ultimately, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has completely transformed this City team, going from a trophyless and testing campaign last time round to one which could end with an historic treble this term.

The 47-year-old has created a team which are irresistible going forward but defensively sound at the back, to the point that just two sides (Liverpool and Wigan Athletic) have beaten them in domestic competitions this season.

Clearly, they are the team to beat in England right now and look set for a supremely bright future under the Spaniard, but as it stands his contract only runs until the summer of 2019 (as per Transfermarkt), and were he not to renew it, there is almost certainly going to be interest in his services.

Thus, they simply must prioritise his future this summer.

Guardiola has already brought in several young players in the form of John Stones, Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, and Aymeric Laporte ready for the future, and with Sterling also at the tender age of 23, he will surely want to be the man to lead this team to greatness in the coming years.

The future is so bright at the Etihad Stadium given the personnel, but Guardiola will play a significant part in the direction they take – City want to create a dynasty under the 47-year-old, and as such must secure a contract to match.

So while sorting Sterling’s future out is important this summer, it’s nowhere near as important as securing an agreement with Guardiola.

Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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