Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling seeks assurances from the club before entering into contract talks amid ongoing speculation about his future.
The 26-year-old has apparently fallen into the pecking order at Etihad after previously being a mainstay of Pep Guardiola’s side, Phil Foden.
With former Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish joining the club on a £ 100m deal this summer, competition for a spot has intensified in the first few weeks of the season, with Sterling only two league games so far this season started.
There had been talk of a frosty relationship between the striker and his manager, as well as the suggestion that the former Liverpool player could leave later this summer, with his future at the club seemingly unclear at the moment.
According to the Sun, the Euro 2020 star is set to seek reassurance that he will remain a key player for the club before agreeing a new deal to stay in Manchester.
The player has just under two years left on his existing contract, with the report suggesting that talks about an extension have been put on hold due to his current lack of regular playing time.
There has been speculation that Barcelona are interested in bringing the versatile striker to Nou Camp, although City have no plans to let him go in January and continue to tie him on a new deal.
The England international has grown into a world-class operator since joining a £ 50m deal in 2015, scoring 115 goals in 302 games for the club, helping him to three Premier League titles during that time.
While Sterling was left or right for much of this trophy-filled period, the report adds that his future could well be in the middle as City failed to land a new center-forward over the summer.
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