Ster­ling signs £300,000-a-week deal

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Premier League - By James Ducker Jamie Car­ragher:

Raheem Ster­ling has given Manch­ester City a huge boost on the eve of the derby by sign­ing a three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion and re­vealed the key to his out­stand­ing start to the sea­son – lots of Ja­maican food.

The Eng­land for­ward’s new deal ties him to City un­til June 2023 and is worth up to £300,000 a week in­clud­ing bonuses.

Only Liver­pool’s Mo­hamed Salah has claimed more goals and as­sists in the Pre­mier League since the start of last sea­son than Ster­ling’s com­bined to­tal of 40 but he is con­vinced there is far more to come.

The 23-year-old be­lieves a healthy se­lec­tion of Ja­maican food, as well as the work of Pep Guardi­ola’s as­sis­tant, Mikel Arteta, is be­hind his bur­geon­ing form.

Asked why he looks so elec­tric at the mo­ment, Ster­ling said: “Just get­ting my Ja­maican food in at home, get­ting some­one to cook up some Ja­maican food ev­ery day.

“I al­ways want to get bet­ter and get my num­bers up, score more goals and get more as­sists. I’m de­lighted to sign. My de­vel­op­ment here has been in­cred­i­ble.”

Guardi­ola has claimed Ster­ling is no longer “scared” in front of goal and the player says he is much calmer now. “Prob­a­bly just not rush­ing [has helped],” Ster­ling said. “You see a goal and your eyes light up and you kind of get giddy but, with time and watch­ing my­self over on clips, I started to re­alise what I was do­ing in front of goal, I stopped rush­ing, took my time and started be­ing more ruth­less and not think­ing about it too much.

“Mikel does in­di­vid­ual bits with all the at­tack­ers. He tries to help me, but not just Mikel, all the staff. But they can only do so much, when you step on to the pitch you’ve got to repli­cate what you’ve been do­ing in train­ing, but Mikel has been tremen­dous to work with.”

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