Champions League holders Real Madrid have reportedly reignited their interest in Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.
The 23-year-old has just two years left to run on his deal at the Etihad, with contract talks believed to have broken down in June.
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According to Sky Sports, the La Liga giants are closely monitoring the ex-Liverpool ace.
And the Spanish side will send club representatives to watch Sterling in action for England against Spain at Wembley in the Uefa Nations League on September 8.
Although they claim that an offer for the former QPR youth star is unlikely to come in before the transfer window shuts on Friday.
Sterling alerted the attention of Real last year when he admitted he wants to play abroad when the time is right to leave City.
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Sterling – who banged in 23 goals last campaign – is understood to be seeking a new deal to bring his salary closer to that of Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne.
Pep Guardiola is desperate for the winger to stay, and lauded his talents after he netted in the 2-0 win against Arsenal earlier this month.
He told reporters: “We are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay.
“We’ll do our effort to make him feel we count on him. And we count on him.
“We arrived after a difficult season and I told him I want to help him and would like him to be happy.
“In the end, the agents may not have agreements and that may not happen.
“But he knows and his agent knows we like him and want him a lot.”
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