Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City to tie Raheem Sterling down to a new long-term contract.
The England winger's £175,000-a-week deal runs down at the end of next season and City are keen to quickly sort out his future.
Guardiola believes Sterling – who is fit to face Fulham - will remain a key figure at the Etihad Stadium as they plan to build on last year's record-breaking campaign.
'It's well-known we're delighted with him and would like to continue,' Guardiola said. 'My club knows my opinion and we share that. After that it is the club and the agent.'
The City boss is not worried about negotiations becoming protracted and told his representatives that the 23-year-old is valued among the club's hierarchy.
'Sometimes this kind of thing needs time,' he added.
'It's important that Raheem and his people know how delighted we are with him.'
Guardiola – who reiterated that Kevin De Bruyne does not have a release clause in his contract – also issued a withering response to Merseyside Police's failure to arrest any fans following the attack on City's bus at Anfield.
'I'm not the police,' he said before adding sarcastically: 'The cameras were not good there.'