*📰ZQ96: Man City Open Sterling Contract Talks💬*
Manchester City have begun initial negotiations with Raheem Sterling over a new contract which could make him the highest earner in the club’s history.
City’s Chief Operating Officer Omar Berrada and Director of Football Txiki Begiristain held ‘positive’ initial discussions with Sterling’s representatives on Monday.
The meeting in Manchester lasted just under an hour, with talks focusing on a deal which could catapult Sterling’s £275,000 a week wages beyond the £350,000-a-week deal signed by Kevin De Bruyne in January 2018.
City are understood to be relaxed over the negotiations, having agreed a five-year deal with the former Liverpool winger in November last year.
However, Sterling has become a talisman for Pep Guardiola’s squad and City’s board remain keen to keep him out of the clutches of Europe’s biggest clubs such as Real Madrid, who were understood to be weighing up a lucrative offer for the winger earlier this month.