Raheem Sterling hails "incredible" improvement after signing new Manchester

Raheem Sterling believes his improvement as a player has been “incredible”.

He put his name to a new three-and-a-half-year, £275,000-a-week deal on Friday, and said: “I’m delighted to sign. My development here has been incredible.

“I felt from the minute I got here it was the right choice for me. It’s really paid off for me and I’m really grateful. Every season you come in you want to develop and do better than your previous season.

“With the facilities we’ve got here there’s no reason not to.

“With the coaching staff and the players we have in this team it’s the perfect environment to develop and get better.”

Sterling has inked a new deal until 2023
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Sterling’s previous deal had just 18 months left to run and after a career-best 23 goal campaign last season, City were worried that the ex-Liverpool youngster could run down his deal.

The England international, who has seven goals already this season and five assists, had become a target for Europe’s elite clubs – Real Madrid among them.

But Sterling is adamant he always wanted to stay at the Etihad and continue his progress under Pep Guardiola.

The City boss said: “He’s sharp, fast, clever, always fighting, decisive and he can play both sides.

“But still, with the young guys like him and Leroy Sane, I feel they can improve.”

Sterling is already scoring for fun this term
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City director of football, Txiki Begiristain, is also a major fan of Sterling.

And he believes that his new deal is just reward for Sterling’s ‘rapid improvement’ under Guardiola.

“This is a significant moment for the club,” said Begiristain. “Raheem has improved dramatically in the past two seasons and is now one of the Premier League’s best attacking players. His statistics tell their own story.

“He’s quick, strong and excellent in front of goal – everything a modern-day forward needs to excel.

“We’re all delighted he has committed his future to City.”