Sport 'Maybe we'll break Sterling's leg' - Kosovo coach jokes about how to stop England star
Real prepare £70m + Bale bid for Sterling
Real Madrid are preparing to test Manchester City’s resolve with an audacious offer of Gareth Bale plus £70m in exchange for Raheem Sterling. Sky Sports News understands representatives from Real will travel to watch Sterling's performances for England next month, at home to Montenegro and away to Kosovo, before deciding on the final details of a proposal to City.Sterling's representatives met with Real's general director Jose Angel Sanchez in the summer in a failed bid to tempt City's forward to the Bernabeu.
Kosovo coach Bernard Challandes believes Raheem Sterling is so good a broken leg may be the only way to stop the England star, but stressed his team are "too nice" for that.
Sterling will return to the England team for their final Euro 2020 qualifier at Kosovo on Sunday, having sat out the midweek win over Montenegro following a confrontation with team-mate Joe Gomez.
The Manchester City winger scored one and created three more as Kosovo were beaten 5-3 at St Mary's Stadium earlier in the campaign.
Video: Sterling trains but Gomez and Henderson withdraw from England squad (Perform)
Southgate: Families fall out, we're united
Gareth Southgate has likened the row between England team-mates Joe Gomez and Raheem Sterling to a family disagreement.Sterling is understood to have taken offence to Gomez laughing with several other England team-mates in the training ground canteen before asking "you think you're the big man now?" - and then trying to grab the Liverpool defender round the neck.
Challandes is not enthused by the prospect of Sterling returning with a point to prove this weekend, yet he insists his side will not resort to rough tactics.
"The bad news for us is that Sterling will play," Challandes told a pre-match news conference. "He is one of the best in the world in his position.
"But [Marcus] Rashford is great, [Harry] Kane, [Tammy] Abraham - England have a lot of great players. Whether we play against Sterling or not, we have to play a superb match.
"We are not dealing with individuals but with the team as a whole, so we will be preparing for England.
"How to stop Sterling? Maybe we break his leg, but it's not our style. We are too nice. But we have a good team, as we have shown in this qualification campaign."
Kane becomes England's all-time highest scoring starting captain after Montenegro hat-trick
The Tottenham centre-forward was lethal in front of goal in the first half at Wembley, etching his name into record books in the processThe Three Lions have all but booked their place in next summer's European Championships with a dominant first-half display at Wembley.
The 7-0 win over Montenegro that booked England's place at Euro 2020 meant Gareth Southgate's men were top of the scoring charts in qualification prior to Saturday's games.
The Three Lions' goal-hungry attack concerns Challandes, who admit he is somewhat scared by what could happen to his side.
"England have tremendous offensive potential, scoring many goals and winning 7-0, 6-0 and 5-0," he said.
"For us, it is a challenge, an incredible challenge. As a coach, I can enjoy this game but, of course, I am a little bit scared.
"This is the 1001st match for England, and it is the 29th for us. They have a little bit more experience than we do."
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Man City begin initial Sterling contract talks .
Manchester City have begun initial negotiations with Raheem Sterling over a new contract which could make him the highest earner in the club's history.City's Chief Operating Officer Omar Berrada and Director of Football Txiki Begiristain held 'positive' initial discussions with Sterling's representatives on Monday.