Few would have thought at the start of this season that Raheem Sterling would be Manchester City’s joint top scorer after 15 games, level with Sergio Aguero on nine goals. Then again, few would have thought that the Citizens would lead the Premier League by eight points at this stage either, but they have been sensational in this campaign.
It is little surprise then that Pep Guardiola’s players are in high demand, and Sterling is reportedly being eyed by Spanish super club Real Madrid, according to the Guardian. The winger has been reinvigorated since the arrival of the legendary manager, and his exploits have earned him respect around world football.
Real Madrid meanwhile are struggling somewhat this season, and have slipped down to fourth spot in La Liga table, eight points behind eternal rivals Barcelona. Los Blancos have also scored 11 less goals than the Catalan club, with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema misfiring.
Zinedine Zidane has thus been forced to look to the future and consider bringing in long term replacements for the aforementioned pair. Sterling, at just 22-years of age, could be the perfect man to attempt to fill the boots of Ronaldo, and more pressingly the injury plagued Gareth Bale.