Guardiola admits it's 'so important' City keep Sterling

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Manchester City could face a battle to keep Raheem Sterling, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all interested in the England star.

He has over two years remaining on his current contract, but City told Sky Sports News in December last year they meant to open discussions with him over a new deal.

Guardiola is fully aware of the player's importance to the club.

"In terms of contracts I'm not the guy, it's Txiki who's talking about that". "But the deals are the deals, the agents and there are circumstances, other clubs maybe they are interested in him".

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With Aguero doubtful, Guardiola has given a vote of confidence to Gabriel Jesus, with the 20-year-old having scored just once in his last 15 games but hit the victor for Brazil against Germany on Tuesday. Let us know in the comments section below.

Manchester City's 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park in January 2016 was not only the heaviest of Guardiola's managerial career but left the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss anxious whether his total football methods could work in the Premier League.

Stones picked up the head injury during England's 1-1 friendly draw with Italy and Guardiola said that head injury protocol needed to be followed. "With the problems we have right now with Sergio, it's so important for Gabriel. I don't like to analyse what happened last season". "All the managers think the same when they don't win". "But I have still tried to prepare for Everton as if it is the most important game of the season".

"I am not saying that because now we are in this position".

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