Guardiola to reward Sterling displays with offer of extended contract

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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.

He could be back on the pitch before the end of the season - which will also be a boost for France ahead of the World Cup - but Guardiola is not putting a specific date on his comeback.

But now Jorginho is doing some running, and has made it clear he's chuffed with claims Pep Guardiola is keen on taking him to the Etihad.

"In terms of contracts I'm not the guy, it's Txiki who's talking about that". City will be without defender John Stones, who came off during England's 1-1 draw against Italy.

Stones is not allowed to play for seven days after the head injury and is ineligible for the trip to Everton on Saturday.

Manchester City's 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park in January 2016 was not only the heaviest of Guardiola's managerial career but left the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss anxious whether his total football methods could work in the Premier League. "We'll see tomorrow", said Guardiola.

Jesus has played understudy to Sergio Aguero since returning from injury last month, but scored for Brazil during the worldwide break. "Believe me, I am preparing for Everton like it's the most important game we have to play. For his confidence, it's so important". "All the managers think the same when they don't win".

Guardiola warned that his players must be at their absolute best with the Champions League doubleheader against Liverpool. "It was a long time injured. It's a challenge to ourselves - not the opposition, to ourselves - that we are able to do it".