Premier League superstar signs a five-year deal amid Real Madrid links

Raheem Sterling

"Man City right now, and Liverpool and Chelsea, and even Arsenal and Tottenham, they have numbers to be champions", Guardiola said.

Sterling, 23, signed a new City deal on Friday after a week in which he faced criticism for winning a penalty against Shakhtar Donetsk by accidentally tripping himself up and not owning up to the referee.

Mourinho said of Aguero that "there are little things in his game I am not a fan of", although he declined to elaborate further when asked.

For Real Madrid this means, that the club have to go back to the drawing board, as there is little to no chance of luring away the 23-year-old from the Etihad Stadium now. It's really paid off for me and I'm really grateful.

Sterling joined City from Liverpool in 2015 in a deal worth up to £49m and has gone on to score 51 goals in 154 appearances for the club.

"Every season you come in you want to do better than your previous season".

"With the facilities we've got here there's no reason not to". But over in the Carrington bunker as Sunday's derby approached José Mourinho managed to express a few reservations about Sergio Agüero's style of play, believed to date to April 2017 when the City striker played a part in the dismissal of Marouane Fellaini.

Sterling's contract decision comes on the eve of Sunday's derby against arch-rivals Manchester United.

The first Manchester derby of the 2018-19 season arrives with both clubs facing hard questions: United's are on the pitch, with City's off it.

Manchester United have struggled to find consistent form for long periods this season but the Red Devils are aiming to claim the three points against Pep Guardiola's unbeaten Premier League leaders this weekend.

"He's quick, strong and excellent in front of goal - everything a modern-day forward needs to excel". "We are both in quite similar situations, we just keep going and going", the City manager said.



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