Man City manager Pep Guardiola was confused when a journalist asked him for an update on Raheem Sterling’s contract situation, because he signed one weeks ago.
Taking questions at a press conference before Saturday’s 4-0 win at West Ham, Guardiola was left stumped by one reporter’s line of inquiry.
The man said:
Where are the club with Raheem Sterling and his new contract? You’ve spoken very highly of how important he is to you but there’s still no signature on a piece of paper. Are you concerned about that at all?
Before he signed the contract?
To which the journalist clarified:
No, I’m saying he hasn’t signed one yet.
Guardiola replies in the affirmative and looks off to someone at his side, perhaps to check that he’s following correctly.
Someone off camera informs the reporter that Sterling in fact signed a lucrative new five-year deal earlier in the month, eliciting an apology.
“Excuse me, how embarrassing,” he says, to which a magnanimous Guardiola responds, “No problem, it happens.”
Sterling went on to score his eighth goal of the season in City’s latest thumping victory, tapping in Leroy Sané’s low cross.
He also set up goals for Sané and David Silva, further boosting his also-impressive assists tally.