Raheem Sterling will not sign a new contract with Manchester City until he is given assurances that Pep Guardiola will remain in charge at the Etihad Stadium for the foreseeable future.
Sterling has been offered a bumper £450,000-a-week contract to extend his stay at Eastlands, but he is not prepared to put pen to paper unless his inspirational boss decides to stay beyond the 18 months that remain on his current deal.
The ex-Liverpool man has grown to be one of the best players in Europe under Guardiola's guidance, and according to The Sun, the 24-year-old will tie his future to that of his charismatic coach.
It is believed that if the Spaniard leaves his role in Manchester, then Sterling would be keen to follow him out of the exit door.
Sterling struggled when he first arrived at Man City, and his future at the Etihad was thrown into doubt as he failed to adapt to his new surroundings. The arrival of Guardiola changed everything for the England star however, and he has gone from strength to strength under the tutelage of the ex-Barcelona boss.
Sources close to Sterling claim he was promised by Guardiola that he would flourish in a Man City shirt, and the former Bayern Munich manager would turn him into a superstar - and one of the highest paid players at the club.
The Sky Blues star has certainly developed into one of the Premier League's most exciting talents, and they will be desperate to keep hold of him, without or without Guardiola at the helm.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play abroad somewhere,” the Man City number seven confessed.
Guardiola's side have failed to live up to the heights they reached in their previous two seasons, and despite Sterling having notched seven goals this season, the Citizens sit third in the Premier League, nine points behind leaders Liverpool.