Real Madrid in contact with Raheem Sterling’s representatives


YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - JULY 27: Raheem Sterling of Manchester celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team during the preseason friendly match between Yokohama F.Marinos and Manchester City at Nissan Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

Real Madrid met with the representatives of Raheem Sterling last month to discuss the prospects of a potential future move, as per The Athletic.

Sterling, who saw Manchester City’s 8-0 demolition of Watford from the bench, has long been on the radar of Los Blancos who are still looking for a long-term replacement of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 24-year-old has seen his career move on an upward trajectory since leaving Liverpool for Manchester City in 2015 for a hefty transfer fee of £49m.

With the arrival of Pep Guardiola as City manager in 2016, the English forward has emerged as one of the best wingers in the world. He was a pivotal part of the City squad that won back to back Premier League titles in the last two seasons.

Sterling’s form in the new season has allowed some to compare him with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the former Liverpool man has already managed 4 goals in his first five appearances this campaign.

Real Madrid are keen to sign Sterling

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Zinedine Zidane of France and Real Madrid CF wins The best Fifa men's coach award during The Best FIFA Football Awards Show on October 23, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Even before he started this season in fine form, one which has seen Sterling scoring 6 goals in 7 appearances in all competitions, the 24-year-old was already on Real Madrid’s radar.

Zinedine Zidane, the under-criticism manager of Real Madrid, is rumored to be a long-term admirer of the English winger, whom he sees as a long-term replacement of Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Sterling might not have indicated his desire to play for Real Madrid but he has spoken on numerous occasions about a potential move away from Manchester in future.

The English winger has repeatedly indicated that he wishes to continue to play under Pep Guardiola, as he sees him as the manager who can further develop his potential.

However, if Sterling ever decides to change his mind and look for options beyond Manchester, Real Madrid will be standing at the front of the queue of his potential suitors.

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KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 26:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF kisses hsi girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez as they celebrate his side victory following winning the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Guardiola and Sterling might leave at the same time

Pep Guardiola und Manchester City triumphierten in Wembley gegen den FC Liverpool und Jürgen Klopp.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City acknowledges the fans following the FA Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on August 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

In yet another exclusive report by The Athletic, Pep Guardiola met with the chiefs of Serie A giants Juventus in March this year to discuss a potential move to Turin. 

Similar to Sterling, the Spanish manager ultimately refused the offer to join the Italian outfit because he is happy in the Premier League, for now.

However, just like his winger, Guardiola has on his mind the date on which he wants to leave the Etihad, which is rumored ot be two to three years from now. That seems likely given the fact that the Spaniard’s current contract with Manchester City runs ut at the end of 2020/21 season.

Managing in Italy appeals to the manager who has already conquered the likes of Spain, Germany and England. Also, with his record of not staying at one club for too long, Juventus offer the ideal destination should Guardiola ever decides his time is up in Manchester.

And if that happens, any bets on whether Sterling will follow his current manager out the City door will be off.

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