Jesus Pushes Aguero For Man City Starting Spot

Manchester City are set to open talks with Raheem Sterling over a new contract

Sterling has found the net 19 times this season in the Premier League and Europe, also providing seven assists to prove his elevating performance.

Guardiola told a news conference that he isn't aware if talks had already begun but insisted Sterling, who is under contract until 2020, is a big part of City's plans.

The Spanish coach's system suits the 23-year-old, and his overall philosophy has scaffolded the attacking instincts of all of his flair players.

When asked about the Frenchman's return, Pep responded: "I don't know, but he is much much better - especially over the past week or 10 days as he has been training with us".

It is a far cry from City's previous visit to Goodison Park in January past year when they suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss - the heaviest league defeat of Guardiola's managerial career - and the Catalan admitted he had feared the worst if results did not improve.

"In terms of contracts I'm not the guy, it's Txiki [Begiristain, the director of football] that is talking about that".

Jesus has played understudy to Sergio Aguero since returning from injury last month, but scored for Brazil during the worldwide break.

"The problem is we have Sergio so it was important for him, his confidence". City will be without defender John Stones, who came off during England's 1-1 draw against Italy.

Victory over Everton on Saturday would set City up for the derby clash with Manchester United the following week - where a win would see them crowned champions. "I don't like to analyse what happened last season".

Do you think Sterling should be rewarded with a big salary increase?

"You can say City chose me as much as I chose City", he says.

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