Manchester City are keen to tie up new long-term contracts for both John Stones and Phil Foden in the near future.
City’s primary focus of the past few weeks has been tying up a deal for midfielder Jack Grealish, who joined the club earlier this week from Aston Villa for a fee of £100m – a Premier League record and a record for an English player.
Behind the scenes, however, there has also been an intense focus on securing the futures of some important first-team players, and sources have confirmed to 90min that Stones and Foden are two of City‘s top priorities.
27-year-old Stones had been expected to leave the club last summer but managed to reignite his career last season, dominating alongside Ruben Dias to such an extent that it is now Aymeric Laporte who is facing an exit from the club.
The centre-back has now entered the final 12 months of his contract, but talks with City have progressed well and it is understood that he is close to committing his future to the reigning Premier League champions.
As for Foden, the fact that he still has three years remaining on his contract means City are slightly more relaxed about his future, although they are keen to reward his astronomical rise to prominence with a sizeable pay rise.
Foden is known to be loving life at the Etihad Stadium and is more than happy to ink fresh terms, which comes as good news to manager Pep Guardiola as City could end up losing a handful of wide players before the transfer window comes to a close.
Bernardo Silva is keen to leave the club and there are also doubts about the future of Riyad Mahrez, and 90min understands that Raheem Sterling is hesitant to sign a new contract as well.
Sterling wants to be a key part of the City setup but fears the arrival of Grealish and the continued rise of Foden could limit his minutes next season, so he is seeking further talks with Guardiola before committing to a new deal.