Pep Guardiola: ‘We’re delighted with Raheem Sterling … we depend on him’

Pep Guardiola: ‘We’re delighted with Raheem Sterling … we depend on him’

Manchester Metropolis supervisor needs decision on contract talks

‘We’ll do our effort to make him really feel we depend on him’

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Raheem Sterling terrorised Arsenal’s defence throughout his facet’s comfy victory on the Emirates Stadium.
{Photograph}: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

Pep Guardiola has underlined his want to maintain Raheem Sterling at Manchester Metropolis, regardless of talks over a brand new contract remaining on maintain, after the England ahead excelled to wreck Unai Emery’s first Premier League recreation answerable for Arsenal.

Sterling’s representatives had opened talks on a brand new deal earlier than the World Cup finals this summer time, the participant having loved a watch‑catching season in scoring 18 league targets to assist Metropolis safe the title, solely to postpone these discussions earlier than the match.

The ahead earns round £170,000 per week on a contract that expires in 2020 and whereas talks over improved phrases have but to renew with the participant apparently searching for nearer £300,000 per week, Guardiola has made clear his want that an settlement might be reached with the 23-year-old.

The England ahead was excellent regardless of having been again in coaching for lower than per week after his exertions in Russia and scored the opening aim as Arsenal, beneath new administration, have been swept apart on the Emirates. “For the report, I’m not a sports activities director, not even a supervisor. I’m a coach,” Guardiola stated. “I attempt to make a superb crew spirit within the locker room and win video games. However we’re delighted with him and would love Raheem to remain. We’ll do our effort to make him really feel we depend on him. And we do depend on him.

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“We arrived after a troublesome season [in 2016, when Guardiola had made a point of contacting Sterling during Euro 2016 to offer his support] and I instructed him I needed to assist him and would love him to be completely satisfied. In the long run the brokers might not have agreements and that will not occur. However he is aware of and his agent is aware of we like him and wish him quite a bit.

“Folks solely choose gamers on the targets they rating on the World Cup, however Raheem has this particular relation with English soccer, he’s so cherished within the locker room. He did some excellent issues within the World Cup, transferring properly and creating area for others. He’d appreciated to have scored a aim and he tried to, however I’m certain within the European qualifiers he’ll rating targets for his nation.

“He educated only one week however we wanted him in the present day, and he did so properly besides when he was very drained on the finish. His mum and pa gave him a particular physique form: he’s small, tiny, so these sort of guys in a single week are prepared.”

Whereas Guardiola urged this fixture, with Arsenal eager to impress beneath Emery’s stewardship, had been “difficult”, his facet’s comparatively comfy victory served early discover of their intent to retain their Premier League title. Bernardo Silva added a second aim simply after the hour and the host facet, whose method was reasonably chaotic at instances, ended up properly crushed. There was an admission post-match from Emery that it’s going to take time for his crew, who completed 37 factors adrift of the highest final time period, to bridge the hole to the champions.

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“Manchester Metropolis’s efficiency confirmed us we now have to proceed our course of to enhance,” the Spaniard stated. “They deserved this consequence. At this time was very arduous. Metropolis demanded our greatest efficiency, however we noticed we now have to work. We all know this was solely step one within the course of. Metropolis have been working for 2 years with Guardiola, constructing a crew with good gamers and nice stability, taking part in the way in which they need. And we’re simply beginning.

“However I’m pleased with the gamers. They ran and so they fought. Additionally we now have to proceed working tactically and defensively to make shorter [the gap] between Manchester Metropolis and Arsenal. Within the second half we took extra dangers once we had the ball, we broke up their strains and went ahead and created extra possibilities within the match. We completed with the spirit I need. However I need these 90 minutes to assist our course of.”

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