After Raheem Sterling left Manchester City earlier this week, Thomas Tuchel has suggested that the English star will play a key role in Chelsea’s revamped attack.
Raheem Sterling was acquired by Chelsea in a £47.5 million deal, and Thomas Tuchel could hardly contain his excitement after announcing that the England star would serve as the Blues’ new main man.
When Sterling signed a hefty five-year deal earlier this week, he became the first acquisition of the Todd Boehly era.
After it became evident that Manchester City would not stop Sterling from leaving the Etihad Stadium, the 27-year-old became the Blues’ main summer target.
The England international has accompanied Thomas Tuchel and the first team group to the United States for the Blues’ preseason tour, which includes matches against Club America, Charlotte FC, and Arsenal.
Since moving to Manchester in 2015, Sterling has developed into one of the Premier League’s most potent offensive players, but the winger was not exempt from Pep Guardiola’s rotation philosophy.
Sterling sat on the bench for both City’s Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid and the title-deciding match against Aston Villa in May.
Sterling had just one year left on his contract with City, and his desire to leave the defending Premier League champions was motivated by his desire to play a significant part during his prime years.
As Tuchel has already stated, Sterling will play a key role in Chelsea’s revamped attack.
“Sterling’s arrival was a top priority.” Tuchel said when questioned by BBC Sport.
“There cannot be a higher priority because [signing Sterling] was the priority.
Hopefully, he will influence our team simply by being himself. He will be of great benefit to us.”
Sterling comes to the nation’s capital with a winning history.
The former Liverpool player has won the Premier League four times and repeatedly displayed his talent in the top division.
Sterling managed to score more goals for City last season despite only appearing in 23 league games from the start.
Football.london holds that Chelsea will give Man City an initial sum of about £45 million for Sterling.
The Premier League champions will be owed a further £10 million if certain performance-related add-ons are satisfied during the 27-year-stay at Stamford Bridge.
Just one year after paying £97.5 million to bring the Belgian striker back to Stamford Bridge in a club-record move, the Blues recently gave Romelu Lukaku the go-ahead to return to Inter Milan on loan.
And with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, and Christian Pulisic still up for debate following a lackluster year, Thomas Tuchel is counting on Sterling to exhibit the clinical touch that was so frequently lacking last season.
The Chelsea manager remarked, “He’s at a wonderful age to take responsibility now around the young players that we have and be an example.
For me, he’s a huge player who has had a huge impact on English football in recent years.
Given his age, desire for responsibility, playing style, and level of energy, getting what he delivered for years is remarkable.
It is exactly what we need and the standard in the Premier League.”