Guardiola wants long Sterling stay with Manchester City

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The City boss expects a quieter close season this time around and wants his winger to commit to a new deal with the club

Pep Guardiola is confident Raheem Sterling will remain at Manchester City longterm and voiced his hope that the winger will sign a new deal with the club.

England winger Sterling has enjoyed the most prolific season of his career, with 18 Premier League goals alongside a further 11 top-flight assists.

The 23-year-old has reportedly decided to delay talks over a new contract with City until after the World Cup.

Guardiola, who also stated his belief but not certainty that Sergio Aguero will remain next season despite rumours linking him with a return to Atletico Madrid, added his desire to make sure Sterling remains in City blue for the foreseeable future.  

"The club, the chairman and myself would like him to stay for a long, long time and sign a new contract," Guardiola said.

"That is now not in my head because, like I said to your colleague, I go on holiday in two days.

"We want him to stay as long as possible."

Provided such his stars stay in place, Guardiola does not envisage a busy close season in the transfer market following last year's successful overhaul.

"I said not too much [will change] but it depends on the players," he said. "Maybe some players who do not play more are unhappy and want to leave, I don't know.

"But not too many. We made a high investment last season because it was an old team – 10 or 11 players more than 31 years old. We needed to change it and we did it.

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"Now we are going to change some details. Yaya [Toure] is leaving. One [signing] - maybe, maybe two."

Napoli midfielder Jorginho has been touted as a replacement for Etihad Stadium favourite Toure, while City are also understood to want an additional versatile forward, with Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey rumoured to be among the targets.

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