It's vital Sterling stays at City, says Guardiola

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Sterling played a pivotal role for England in a central position in the 1-1 draw with Everton on Tuesday, having scored 15 goals in 26 Premier League appearances for Manchester City this season.

And while you'd expect the top search for a Premier League footballer to be about his weekly wage, or maybe even some juicy transfer gossip... all people want to know is why Sterling runs the way he does.

"In terms of contracts I'm not the guy, it's Txiki who's talking about that".

In the press conference the boss was asked whether Mendy would be fit to return for the Manchester derby, to which Pep replied: "I don't know, I can't anticipate it". The striker missed Argentina's two friendlies with a knee injury that kept him out of City's last game at Stoke City but is back in training. "We will see tomorrow if he is involved".

Guardiola said Sergio Aguero, who missed Argentina's two friendlies during the global break with a knee injury, was doing better but suggested he was unlikely to feature against Everton. Goodison is always a tough ground, the Manchester derby is going to be very, very hard and we know how well Tottenham play at Wembley.

"Of course you think, 'It's not going well, we are not winning, what do we have to do?' That is normal", said Guardiola. "John Stones had concussion in the last game, he feels really good but the rule is seven days off so he's not available", added Guardiola.

It is a far cry from City's previous visit to Goodison Park in January a year ago 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. "Believe me, I am preparing for Everton like it's the most important game we have to play". "It was a long time injured".