Raheem Sterling is reportedly back on Real Madrid’s radar after a lack of first-team football this season under Pep Guardiola.
According to The Daily Star, the England international is attracting strong interest from the Spanish giants after losing his place in the main starting XI to Phil Foden, with Sterling starting on the bench in City’s last three UEFA Champions League games as the Cityzens progressed to the semi-finals of the competition.
Despite scoring 13 goals and assisting another 11 in all competitions this season, the report claims that a lack of first-team football has given Real Madrid hope of signing the 26-year-old winger, with Sterling also having just two years left on his current contract with the Premier League leaders.
Labelled as ‘remarkable’ by Guardiola following a match-winning performance against Olympiakos in the group stages of the Champions League via The Manchester Evening News, Sterling has only managed 24 starts in the Premier League this season following the rise of Foden in his position as well as the congested season English teams in Europe are experiencing due to the pandemic.
TBR View: City should be looking to extend Sterling’s contract to ward off potential buyers
Even with Sterling not playing as much football the England winger is normally used to, there is no doubt that the Man City #7 has been one of the club’s key players this season and a large reason why they find themselves so far ahead in the Premier League table as well as in the final four of the Champions League.
With two years left on his current contract with the club, City should be looking at renewing the attacker’s deal given the level of consistency Sterling offers Guardiola’s side as well as his age meaning he can remain a key clog for this team for many years to come.