Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling has opened talks with the club over a new deal, according to the Guardian.

It’s thought that the agreement won’t be in place until after the World Cup, which Sterling is set to play a key role in for England. England are set to name their squad for the tournament on Wednesday and Sterling is nailed on to be named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man selection.

The City man joined from Liverpool in 2015 and is currently claimed to be on £170,000 per week, with two years left to run on his existing deal.

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The new deal is set to make him one of the club’s highest earners, with the wage set to go up by £50,000.

Sterling has been in fine form this season, scoring 23 goals in all competitions, and the club are keen for him to remain at the Etihad in the long term.

City boss Pep Guardiola is keen for the club to keep the player for years to come.

The club, the chairman [Khaldoon al-Mubarak] and myself want him to stay a long time, renew his contract but we are going on holiday in a few days.