Real Madrid set to ramp up interest in Manchester City star following Champions League ban


Real Madrid set to ramp up interest in Manchester City star following Champions League ban
Sterling has 11 goals in 23 Premier League appearances this season

The reigning Premier League champions have been banned from Champions League for two years after a UEFA investigation found them committing severe breaches of Financial Fair Play rules and regulations.

La Liga leaders Real Madrid are set to capitalize on Manchester City’s Champions League ban by ramping up their interest in Raheem Sterling.

The reigning Premier League champions were handed a stunning two-season Champions League ban by UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body last Friday.

Reports claim that the Premier League side, who called UEFA’s process leading to the ban ‘’flawed’’, will appeal the decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sports in the coming weeks.

However, the knock-on effects of having the doors of Europe’s elite club competition slammed shut at their face are already being felt by those at the helm at the Etihad, as Los Blancos ramp up their interest in Sterling.

Real Madrid set to expedite Sterling pursuit

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The Sun reports that Zinedine Zidane’s side were already preparing a £180m summer bid for England international Sterling before Friday’s stunning news.

In the aftermath of the ban, the La Liga leaders will reportedly intensify their efforts as they know that City would have to lower their wage bill if they are to stay afloat after missing out on a £170m Champions League jackpot.

Sterling, 25, has three years remaining on the £300,000 per week contract which he last signed with the Etihad residents. Talks begun in November to further increase his weekly salary to a whopping £450,000 before taxes and make him the highest-paid player in the Premier League.

However, if the CAS decides to uphold the ban, City would most likely be unable to stick by their end of the bargain, emboldening clubs like Los Blancos to come calling for their prized assets with the knowledge that they can offer the players better terms than those offered to them at the Etihad.

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Following the news linking his client to a move to Santiago Bernabeu, Sterling’s agent has claimed that the England international is fully committed to Man City.

Aidy Ward, who helped the England international engineer a move from Liverpool to Man City in 2015, has claimed that his client won’t let himself be distracted by the talks of a European ban as he’s fully committed to helping the club achieve more success.

This news must have come as a massive source of relief for the Man City faithful who have been stunned by the unprecedented developments of recent days that risk to derail the entire project so carefully constructed by their UAE-based ownership since they took over the club in 2011.

Pep Guardiola will likewise be appreciative of the clear stance of one of his team’s best players as he aims to devise tactics that could derail Real Madrid’s near-perfect season when the two sides meet in the R16 of this season’s Champions League next midweek.

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