Jamie Carragher on why Raheem Sterling made right decision to leave Liverpool for Man City

Jamie Carragher on why Raheem Sterling made right decision to leave Liverpool for Man City

Raheem Sterling: Manchester City forward signs new three-year contract extension

Raheem Sterling has signed a three-year contract extension at Manchester City, committing him to the club until 2023 in a deal worth up to £300,000 a week.

The 23-year-old England forwards previous deal at Etihad Stadium was due to expire at the end of next season.

He looked like someone who has bought a cake from Asda and then been complimented on his home baking skills. He had not lied about the cake, he had not hinted that the sponge had needed an extra three minutes in the fan oven. It was just assumed he had baked it and while he wondered about this unexpected compliment, Gabriel Jesus was busy taking the resultant penalty kick.

It is understood the new contract will make Sterling one of the best-paid English players in the Premier League.

The expression on Raheem Sterlings face exposed his confusion. The Manchester City attacker had not sought to deceive the referee in Wednesday evenings Champions League tie but it seemed that he had.

“I felt from the minute I got here it was the right choice for me. Its paid off and Im really grateful.”

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Sterling, who has scored seven goals for the club this season, joined City from Liverpool in a £49m deal in 2015.

On goal with his Manchester City side 1-0 in their Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk, the winger pulled back his left leg to shoot, but instead of connecting with the ball hit his boot on the turf and tumbled to the ground.

Capped 46 times by England, he scored twice against Spain last month – his first international goals for three years.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “This is a significant moment for the club. Raheem has improved dramatically in the past two seasons and is now one of the Premier Leagues best attacking players. His statistics tell their own story.

‘His silence looks worse than a knowingly false ‘our ball’ shout because the image is so clear and the outcome – a penalty from which Manchester City scored – so influential. Yet it is little different really. He got away with what he could and only in retrospect did he feel guilt – and that is if we take his apology at face value, and not as damage limitation on the advice of City’s flustered media arm.’

“Hes quick, strong and excellent in front of goal – everything a modern-day forward needs to excel.”

The new deal comes in the week that German news magazine Der Spiegel alleged City overvalued sponsorship deals to help meet Uefas Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

The England international also earned a bizarre penalty after he kicked the ground and fell over. Referee Viktor Kassai was obstructed and believed Sterling had been unfairly tripped up by onrushing defender Mykola Matviyenko.

City said they will not be commenting on the claims and that the attempt to damage their reputation had been “organised and clear”.

Sterling did apologise to the referee: I went to chip the ball and dont know what happened, he said. I didnt feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref.

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Scoring: “With time and watching myself over on clips, I started to realise what I was doing in front of goal. I stopped rushing, took my time and started being more ruthless and not thinking about it too much and do what you do every day on the training pitch.”

Team-mates: “Its a club where you are expected to challenge on all fronts, you know you are expected to win stuff. You enjoy that but at the same time it is a bit of pressure. Players like David [Silva] and Sergio [Aguero] have done it year in year out, not just for their club but for their countries.”

“With the facilities weve got here theres no reason not to. With the coaching staff and the players we have in this team it’s the perfect environment to develop and get better.”

Life at City: “Its massive, thats one of the reasons I came here – seeing the vision. Playing against City in the past the way they moved the ball then was scary. The vision the club gave me sold me straight away. How weve developed with Pep with and without the ball, its always nice for attacking players to have as much possession as possible, Its been a real joy.”

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The future: “Theres definitely a lot more (to come), theres stuff Im still working on, theres never a time where I feel this is where it stops, I always want to get better and get my numbers up, score more goals and get more assists. If Im producing and other players are producing that will only help the team.”

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has signed a new contract with the club and Txiki Begiristain is delighted

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