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Guardiola to reward Sterling displays with offer of extended contract

Guardiola to reward Sterling displays with offer of extended contract

"He is much, much better", Guardiola said. "For contracts I'm not the guy, it's Txiki (Begiristain, City's director of football)".

"So I think it happens but he knows how important he is for us".

Manchester City's 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park in January 2016 was not only the heaviest of Guardiola's managerial career but left the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss anxious whether his total football methods could work in the Premier League.

Stones is not allowed to play for seven days after the head injury and is ineligible for the trip to Everton on Saturday.

It may be a stick that Sterling's critics use to beat him with on a regular basis, but his unique running style hasn't hampered his form this season, as he's been firing on all cylinders for Premier League leaders Manchester City. "We'll see tomorrow", said Guardiola.

He may choose to rest Aguero for the game at Goodison Park ahead of the Champions League clash at Liverpool and opt for Gabriel Jesus, who scored the only goal in Brazil's victory over Germany on Tuesday. "It's not already done!"

John Stones has been ruled out of a return to his former club after suffering concussion for England in midweek while Sergio Aguero - who needs one goal to bring up 200 for City - faces a late fitness test. "There is no doubt we have to keep him". I said last season many times when I was asked, I am going to insist [playing this way]. "But I have still tried to prepare for Everton as if it is the most important game of the season".

"You can say City chose me as much as I chose City", he says. "I hope we will be at the same level as we have been all season".


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