But he has now drawn his focus to attacking options – and Sterling is on the top of his wish-list.
According to the Mirror, Bernebeu chiefs have been watching the 24-year-old ‘closely’ and are set to make a bid in the summer.
In 2015, while Sterling was at Liverpool, Zidane admitted he was an admirer of the Englishman, saying he had been “monitoring him as a player”.
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But following Sterling’s remarkable development under Pep Guardiola, the interest now seems to have stepped up a notch.
Sterling has netted 15 league goals and added nine assists this season – and he is on course to break his best goal-scoring record in the Premier League.
He has risen to become one of the most valuable members of Guardiola’s star-studded line-up and according to Oddschecker, is third favourite to be named the Player of the Year, behind his team-mate Sergio Aguero and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
However, it will take a sizeable bid for Man City chiefs to consider letting Sterling go, as he signed a new contract with the Manchester club last November, keeping him Etihad bound until 2023.
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