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Man City confident on Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus & Riyad Mahrez contracts

Graeme Bailey
Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez all in talks
Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez all in talks / ADRIAN DENNIS/GettyImages
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Manchester City are hopeful of tying Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez down to new contracts, 90min understands, with each attacker's current deal set to expire in 18 months.

Sources have confirmed that Pep Guardiola has made it clear to City's hierarchy that he has no desire to lose any of the trio, who have all played a big part in his plans over the past couple of seasons.

The players and their representatives have already engaged in talks with club dating back to late last year, and now the club are looking to progress with negotiations in the coming months.

City are hopeful that each will commit their future, but it is believed they are at different stages and it is not certain that all three will stay. If any of them do not renew, 90min understands they are likely be sold this summer.

The main worry for City is the future of England international Sterling - a player they have been in talks with for more than 12 months.

Despite a brilliant European Championship campaign with his country, Sterling hasn't always been first choice in the wide areas under Guardiola this season. Indeed, he started just three times in the opening three months of the Premier League campaign.

However, the Catalan has never hidden his belief that Sterling is a key player for him, and the winger has recently become a regular starter once again.

The 27-year-old was attracted by interest from Barcelona late last year, who had enquired about him and his then-teammate Ferran Torres. City sanctioned the sale of Torres, but Barça remain keen on a possible deal for Sterling.

Now Sterling has a big decision to make, as he knows a new contract at City would likely put paid to any dreams of playing for one of the continent's biggest club's in his prime years. 90min understands that is something that he has been thinking about since a possible move to Camp Nou petered out in January.

24-year-old Jesus is another player who could be at a crossroads. Although the forward is currently injured, he has enjoyed a fine campaign - often featuring off the right - and is his side's assist leader at present. 90min revealed in December that City were preparing a new contract, with Guardiola a big appreciator of the Brazilian's versatility.

However, it is believed that Jesus' dwindling contract is attracting interest from a host of clubs on the continent - specifically both Milan clubs and Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, and it is thought Paris Saint-Germain have a long-standing interest too.

Of the three, sources have told 90min that Mahrez is the most likely to sign an extension in the coming weeks. The Algerian wide man is enjoying an exceptional season, with 25 goal involvements already in all competitions.

It is said that Mahrez has shown nothing but enthusiasm to commit his long-term future to the Cityzens and the expectation is that he will renew his deal before the end of the season.

A source with knowledge of the situation said: "City want Sterling, Jesus and Mahrez to stay, Pep loves them, the fans love them and they have all played key roles in recent years.

"The coming months will be telling, but if it does get to the end of the season and no new deal is agreed, the club will have some big decisions to make as the chances of the club letting any of them leaving in 2023 on a free transfer are unlikely."

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