LONDON – Pep Guardiola hopes to persuade Raheem Sterling to stay in Manchester City for a long time.
The 23-year-old The England striker scored his 50th goal in the Premier League when the defending champion began his Premier League title defense on Sunday with a 2-0 win at Arsenal.
Sterling still has two years left for the five-year contract in Liverpool City in July 201
"We are very pleased with him and want Raheem to stay," said Guardiola. "We will try to make him feel we are counting on him and we are counting on him, we have arrived after a difficult season and I have told him that I want to help him and want him to be happy.
"In the end, agents may not have agreements and that can not happen. But he knows, and his agent knows that we like him and want him very much. "
Sterling is in the limelight – it's been nearly three years since he met for England – and he marked his goal with a solemn cup at the Emirates Stadium in just 14 minutes
" There has been a lot of talk, "Sterling said Sky Sports. "It's just one of those things that I'm measured by. I have to continue to improve and score more goals. "
Bernardo Silva scored in the second half when City unmasked the task for new Arsenal coach Unai Emery, Arsenal's first Premier League game since 1996, not led by Arsene Wenger Club left north of London in May.
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