Raheem Sterling is approaching the final two years of his Manchester City contract.
If he hasn’t agreed a deal by next summer, City may feel under pressure to sell while he retains value.
What’s the latest on Sterling’s City future?
They did stress, though, that City were very much intent upon tying the 26-year-old down to a long-term deal.
He could add a Champions League medal to his display this year, with runaway domestic leaders City through to the last eight.
‘Sterling may want a new challenge’
But speaking on the 93:20 podcast, City’s Extra Harry Siddall admitted he could see him departing.
“[Sterling] has got a big contract decision to make at the end of this season,” he said.
“Whether he feels like he wants a new challenge and he’s done everything he possibly can at City, then he might move on.
“I think Sterling’s probably more likely to move on than Mahrez.
“I could see Raheem Sterling moving to Real Madrid. He does seem like a Real Madrid player.”
Siddall went on to point out that, with Sergio Aguero leaving, Sterling is set to become the club’s second longest-serving player behind Fernandinho.
The Englishman, who joined in the summer of 2015, has scored 113 goals and provided 85 assists in 281 appearances for the club (via Transfermarkt).