Manchester City could contemplate selling Raheem Sterling next summer after his World Cup ‘gamble’ backfired.
Sterling has two years left on his contract at the Etihad Stadium, and held negotiations with City over improving his terms late last season.
He decided to hold off on the talks in the hope that an excellent World Cup showing would strengthen his hand however.
But the 23-year-old showed only bursts of promise in Russia, and nothing like the form that saw him score 23 goals and assist 17 for City last campaign.
The winger now ‘fears his chances’ of improving his £170,000-a-week deal to one worth £250,000 a week have been scuppered, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Sterling’s representatives ‘believe he should be one of the top earners at the club alongside striker Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne’.
But his inability to properly lead England has weakened his stance, and the Daily Mirror suggest City ‘will sell him next summer’ if he does not extend his contract.
The Telegraph say City are mindful of the ‘problems inflicted’ on Arsenal last season when Alexis Sanchez entered the final year of his deal, and are ‘adamant’ they will not make the same mistake with Sterling.
The Mirror say they will take a ‘tough line’ with Sterling and sell him instead of allowing him to leave on a Bosman.