Manchester City have a special plan in place for Raheem Sterling

Manchester City plan to make Raheem Sterling the Premier League’s best-paid player to ward off Real Madrid (Sunday Express)

Sterling joined City from the Reds in a high-profile £50m move in summer 2015, which attracted the ire of Liverpool fans who were disappointed to see their academy product join a rival.

Manchester City had not made their dominance count on the scoresheet when makeshift centre-back Rodri slipped and could only watch as a ball sailed over his body into the space where Wilfried Zaha was galloping.

The England international has since vindicated that decision with back-to-back Premier League titles and an FA Cup triumph in 2018/19, however, and improved dramatically under the watchful eye of Pep Guardiola.

Sterling has already scored 13 goals in 15 appearances for club and country this season, although Manchester City are eight points behind Liverpool at the top of the league after a ferocious start from his old club.

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