Raheem Sterling’s future at Manchester City is under increasing doubt after talks over a new contract failed to materialise.
The England international has been one of the stars of City’s outstanding season, scoring 20 goals for Pep Guardiola’s side.
But City are yet to make a definitive move to extend Sterling’s existing terms despite the fact he enters the final two years of his deal at the end of the season.
Sterling’s current deal is worth £180,000 per week but he can expect a sharp pay rise given his brilliant form this season.
But discussions over a new deal have not been forthcoming, news that has alerted Europe’s elite.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has spoken publicly of his admiration of Sterling and could be interested this summer if the uncertainty over his future remains. All of the Premier League’s top clubs will also be interested in Sterling.
The 23-year-old has bolstered his reputation as one of Europe’s most potent attacking forces this season, making City’s failure to initiate talks all the more mysterious.
Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva have both negotiated and signed new contracts in recent months, yet Sterling has been forced to wait for his new deal.