Raheem Sterling’s contract talks with Man City have been held up as he is in the process of changing agents, Football Insider has learned.
City have prioritised a new deals for the England international, 26, ahead of him entering the final two years of his current agreement this summer.
A source at the club has told Football Insider that Sterling has left long-term agent Aidy Ward and has yet to link up with a new representative.
It is a frustration for City, who are keen to tie Sterling down to another long-term deal.
The Premier League leaders want to ensure the forward’s peak years are at the club after continually being linked with big-money moves to the likes of Real Madrid.
Sterling last signed a new City contract in November 2018, when he penned a renewal running until the summer of 2023.
It was reported by BBC Sport at the time to be worth up to £300,000-a-week.
The end of Sterling’s relationship with Ward is a surprise in some circles.
It goes back to the start of his career in football, and it was the agent who bore the brunt of the criticism for securing a move from Liverpool to City in 2015.
That transfer has certainly paid off for Sterling, who has developed into a world-class player during Pep Guardiola’s time in charge.
His importance to City is underlined by his virtually untouchable status in a forward line that the manager continually rotates and tweaks.
Sterling has started 23 Premier League and six Champions League matches this term, with his 36 appearances in all competitions yielding 13 goals and 10 assists.
He has made 279 appearances for City, scoring 113 goals and supplying 85 assists.
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