LONDON, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) — Manchester City’s England international forward, Raheem Sterling has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until the end of June 2023.
Sterling’s previous deal was due to expire in 18 months leading to speculation that clubs such as Real Madrid could be interested in signing him at a bargain price in the summer, but the announcement of the new contract means Sterling will remain a key part of Pep Guardiola’s plans.
“I’m delighted to sign. My development here has been incredible. I felt from the minute I got here it was the right choice for me. It’s really paid off for me and I’m really grateful,” said Sterling on the club website.
“With the facilities we’ve got here there’s no reason not to. With the coaching staff and the players we have in this team it’s the perfect environment to develop and get better,” he added.
The 23-year-old joined Manchester City from Liverpool in the summer of 2015 in a deal worth almost 50 million pounds (1 pound = 1.30 US dollars) and has scored 48 goals in 151 appearances to date, with 23 of those coming last season, while he has 7 goals and 5 assists in the current campaign.
“This is a significant moment for the club. Raheem has improved dramatically in the past two seasons and is now one of the Premier League’s best attacking players. His statistics tell their own story. He’s quick, strong and excellent in front of goal – everything a modern-day forward needs to excel,” commented Manchester City Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain.
Manchester City face neighbors, Manchester United on Sunday in the first city derby of the current season.