Manchester City have opened talks with Raheem Sterling over a new contract.

It comes almost exactly 12 months since Sterling’s last extension but underlines how the City forward has moved onto another level in the past year.

Sterling, 24, has scored 18 goals for club and country across all competitions this season and put himself among Europe’s elite.

England star Sterling’s stats for this season put him above the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and he is earning admiring glances from Europe’s top clubs.