Manchester City star Raheem Sterling and his representatives have declined talks over a potential new contract at the Etihad, claims transfer expert Ian McGarry.

Sterling has a contract at City until 2023 after penning a new deal in November 2018.

However, McGarry claims the England international is open to exploring his options at the end of the campaign and may want to move to a different country.

Sterling has been in fine form for club and country this season, scoring 18 goals in 22 appearances.

McGarry says Manchester City are “desperate” to extend Sterling’s deal just 12 months after signing his last one.

But that looks unlikely to happen at the moment with the forward refusing to entertain talks.

McGarry said on the Transfer Window Podcast: “We’re going to start with breaking news regarding Raheem Sterling, who of course has been more talked about for his altercation with Joe Gomez in the England canteen in the last seven days, but more interestingly going forward in terms of his future with Manchester City, it’s our information that Sterling and his representatives have declined several offers to discuss a new contract, an extended contract, at the Etihad.

“Now, Sterling has a contract that runs until 2023 but such has been his outstanding form with both goals and assists, the City hierarchy are desperate to tie him down to an even longer-term deal on better terms.

“However, we understand that Sterling would like to find out what his options are at the end of this season with regards to potentially changing club and even changing country and league.”

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Sterling’s City are currently fourth in the Premier League table, nine points behind leaders Liverpool.

Next up they face a visit from Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on Saturday, who have surprised many with their performances this season.

The Blues are third, level on points with second-placed Leicester City.



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