Manchester City have entered into discussions with Raheem Sterling and his entourage regarding a possible contract extension, according to The Guardian.

Despite City’s best efforts, it seems any possible breakthrough in talks with not occur until after the World Cup in Russia.

The report states Sterling’s people met with City’s hierarchy at the end of last month to discuss an improved deal, but talks are not expected to resume until the end of Sterling’s participation in the World Cup.

Sterling joined City in the summer of 2015 from Liverpool for £44million and has two years remaining on his current contract which expires in 2020. It’s believed the 23-year-old earns £170,000 and The Guardian’s report confirms Sterling could see a pay increase of £50,000 per week.

Twenty-three goal Sterling is widely expected to be named in England manager Gareth Southgate’s 23 man World Cup squad and England’s hopes of achieving greatness could depend on Sterling’s form over the summer.

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