Man City team news vs Real Madrid as Raheem Sterling delivers future update
Here are your Man City evening headlines for Monday, April 25:
Guardiola makes big Man City team selection admission vs Real Madrid
Pep Guardiola says he will have to play at least one player out of position to solve his defensive problems in tomorrow night’s Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid. The Manchester City boss will give John Stones and Kyle Walker until tomorrow morning to prove their fitness, with the suspension of Joao Cancelo meaning they could be left without any senior players who have played right back.
Walker is almost certainly not fit, having not trained since twisting his ankle in the quarter-final draw at Atletico Madrid which saw them into the last four, but Stones may be asked to take a risk on his own injury problem, despite missing the last game against Watford.
Cancelo will be available for the second leg but misses the home game after picking up a yellow card at the Wanda Metropolitano. That means Stones is next in line to step into that role, but if the England man is not ready, Guardiola has a big decision to take – he threw Gabriel Jesus’ name into the ring on Saturday, although that may have been a joke, and he could also switch one of his left-sided defenders, Oleks Zinchenko or Nathan Ake, to the right-hand side.
Sterling gives update on City contract talks ahead of Madrid tie
Raheem Sterling admits he is in a happier place at Manchester City in recent months, but still refused to be drawn on whether he will sign a new contract.
Sterling’s current deal at City expires next summer, and he said last year that he would be prepared to leave if he didn’t get more playing time. Since then, though, he was won back his place in the team, returned to form, and become a key player as City chase the Premier League and Champions League.
Speaking ahead of City’s Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid on Tuesday, Sterling was asked whether he had any more updates regarding contract talks or his future plans, but the England international declined to commit himself either way.