Real Madrid on Sterling alert

Real Madrid are mindful of Raheem Sterling’s potential availability, according to the Mirror, with Manchester City yet to enter into contract negotiations as the England international approaches the final two years of his contract.

The former Liverpool star currently earns £180,000 per week and will command a big pay rise to sign a new deal to commit his future to the Etihad. The 23-year-old will likely sit just behind Kevin De Bruyne, whose newly signed contract is worth around £280,000 per week, if and when a deal gets done.

Zinedine Zidane is a known admirer of Sterling, though, who has taken his game to the next level this year under Pep Guardiola, scoring 20 goals and assisting on 10 more in all competitions.

De Gea set to snub Real again

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is set to shun interest from Real Madrid once again by penning new terms to commit his future to Old Trafford.

The Spain No. 1 has been typically excellent this season and a stunning save — that denied Sevilla’s Luis Muriel on Wednesday and ensured United held Vincenzo Montella’s side to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie — was the latest reminder of his quality.

The 27-year-old has one year remaining on his deal with the club possessing the option of an extra year, but a long-term deal is now close to being signed to ensure Jose Mourinho keeps hold of his star shot-stopper.

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