Raheem Sterling fears his chances of earning a new deal at Manchester City which would see him -become one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League have receded following his performances at the World Cup.
Sterling's advisors began discussions with City officials at the end of last season but decided to continue talks once the tournament in Russia had finished with the hope that an impressive showing from the 23-year-old would give them leverage to push his weekly pay packet from £170,000 ($300,736 AUD) to £250,000 ($442,259 AUD).
Influential without being outstanding: Raheem Sterling.
They believe he should be one of the top earners at the club alongside Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne.
Yet Sterling was influential without being outstanding during England's surprise run to the semi-finals, which could sway City's thinking.
The former Liverpool forward has two years left on his current contract but manager Pep Guardiola, having seen the problems -inflicted on Arsenal when Alexis Sanchez was allowed to enter the final year of his agreement, is adamant he will not be allowed to run down his deal with the Premier League Champions.
The Spaniard is understood to be relaxed about the situation but will push for a resolution over the next few weeks.
Guardiola will not be pursuing any more midfielders this summer having signed Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for £60 million ($106.1 million AUD) -before missing out on Italy international Jorginho, who went to Chelsea.
There will be no moves for Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara or Miralem Pjanic of Juventus.
City's first pre-season match takes place at Chicago's Soldier Field tomorrow before encounters next week against Liverpool and Bayern Munich.
The Telegraph, London
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