Manchester City's Raheem Sterling signs new five-year deal with club

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling signs new five-year deal with club

Pep Guardiola believes the criticism of Raheem Sterling is unfair, particularly after the fallout following Manchester City's controversial penalty in the Champions League.

The 23-year-old England forward's previous deal at Etihad Stadium was due to expire at the end of next season.

"I said I will work because we're winning". "I felt from the minute I got here it was the right choice for me", Sterling said. It's really paid off for me and I'm really grateful.

Sterling's representatives have spent the last two months negotiating with City's director of football Txiki Begiristain.

"The first half was not so good, we played without the intention to attack", the coach added.

On the back of signing a new long-term deal with the Citizens, worth a reported £300,000 a week, Carragher has suggested that the 23-year-old is worth every penny that he earns.

Guardiola said that it was good of his players to control the game but there was no need for Sterling's showboating. His statistics tell their own story.

Guardiola chose to bring off Aguero for Ilkay Gundogan with 15 minutes remaining to protect City's 2-1 lead.

However, they'll be up against a resurgent Manchester United side that will be in confident mood following their stunning victory over Juventus in Turin on Wednesday night that saw them score two late goals to clinch a vital win. You enjoy that but at the same time it is a bit of pressure.

Sterling, who has scored seven goals for the Manchester City this season, joined the club from Liverpool in a £49m deal in 2015. "With the coaching staff and the players we have in this team it's the flawless environment to develop and get better". "If I'm producing and other players are producing that will only help the team".

Jose Mourinho's men were put through their paces at the club's Carrington training base as they prepare for their crunch derby showdown at The Etihad on Sunday afternoon.

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