Having got Kevin de Bruyne so sign a contract extension, Manchester City are now ready to turn their attention to securing the long-term futures of England duo Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden.
The club has been pushing for extended deals for all three, and, having now made a breakthrough with the Belgian, are hoping that the others will fall into line.
Foden is regarded as the easier of the pair, and it is regarded that he is close to agreement. Even though he is already under contract until 2024 at the Etihad.
Sterling might be slightly more problematic, in part because he has recently split with his suggestion and there have been suggestions that City will defer his talks until the end of the season.
The latest moves are a clear indication of City’s long-term future planning and their desire to keep star players happy, whilst protecting their value by tying them down to long-term contracts.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.