Raheem Sterling has said goodbye to Manchester City ahead of his upcoming move to Chelsea, telling the club: “I came to Manchester as a 20-year-old. Today I go as a man.”
Sterling has flown to Los Angeles to attend Chelsea’s pre-season training camp ahead of a move worth around £50million.
The England international struggled to find regular playing time under Pep Guardiola last season after Jack Grealish joined for £100million in the summer and City youth product Phil Foden emerged.
“Seven seasons, eleven major trophies, a lifetime of memories,” Sterling wrote in a message posted to social media. “What a ride it was.
“I am grateful for the ups and downs as it was the downs that at times tested my strength and determination and allowed me to stand here before you as the best possible version of myself.
“Thank you for your endless support. It was an honor to wear the Manchester City shirt.”
Sterling became the most expensive English footballer after completing his £49million move from Liverpool to Manchester City on that day in 2015. The then 20-year-old, who was assigned the No. 7 jersey, was also City’s record signing.
Now aged 27 he joins Chelsea where manager Thomas Tuchel will hope to reap the rewards of the end product Sterling has given City after struggling to get the best of Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic in the role of get left striker out.
Chelsea meet Mexican side Club America in Las Vegas on Sunday.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/raheem-sterling-chelsea-transfer-b2122137.html ‘What a ride’: Raheem Sterling says goodbye to Manchester City ahead of Chelsea transfer