Premier League champions would like to extend contracts of a number of key players after John Stones committed his future to the club
Manchester City will try to tie a number of first-team players to new contracts after agreeing an extended contract for John Stones.
After his impressive form last season, the English defender has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the Premier League champions until 2026.
Now City will be offering new deals for a number of players in the first team, including midfielder Phil Foden, goalkeeper Ederson and forward Raheem Sterling.
Foden, who came through the club’s academy, signed a six-year deal in 2018 that will keep him at the club until 2024.
Since then, the 21-year-old has settled into Pep Guardiola’s squad and broken into the English squad, winning nine games.
A new deal will reward him for his excellent progress and it reflects his status as a key player in the club’s future, along with British transfer record holder Jack Grealish.
The Brazilian international Ederson has signed a huge seven-year contract in 2025, but Guardiola considers him his perfect number one, and at 27 he still has a great future ahead of him.
City will also hold new talks with Sterling with the English star in the last two years of his current deal.
The 26-year-old, who returned to training on Monday after playing at Euro 2020, allegedly put together a team to handle negotiations.
Sterling was out of the squad towards the end of last season, but was recalled for the Champions League final against Chelsea and was the most striking player in England’s run-through to the European Championship final.
The club would like to avoid a situation in which players’ contract runs out after he had to accept a reduced fee from Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane when he entered into the last 12 months of his contract.
Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan also have just two years left with their current deals. City also want to reward promising academic stars with improved deals, while highly regarded midfielder Cole Palmer signed a five-year contract in June 2021.