Raheem Sterling Opens Up On His Man City Exit

Raheem Sterling Opens Up On His Man City Exit

Raheem Sterling has revealed that his exit from Manchester City this summer was due to a lack of playing time.

After spending the final seven years of his career at the Etihad, Sterling left City for Chelsea in a £47 million trade earlier this month.

Sterling played a significant role in no fewer than nine of the Blues’ major trophy victories as they rose to become the dominating club in England.

With the rise of Phil Foden and the signing of Jack Grealish, along with players like Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, and Gabriel Jesus before he left for London, he fell further down Pep Guardiola’s pecking order toward the end of his time at City.

Someone was going to be dissatisfied with their lack of playing time with so many quality options competing for so few spots in the team, and Sterling turned out to be the unfortunate one.

According to Raheem Sterling, he was forced to switch from Manchester City to Chelsea because he “couldn’t afford to waste any more time.”

And he claimed that before approving the £47.5 million transfer to West London, he attempted to modify the perception of the City.

“You always work to accomplish things as a person,” he remarked.

“I believed that, for a variety of reasons, my playing time at [Man] City was becoming restricted, and I couldn’t afford to lose any more time.

I never want to look back and see a rise followed by a drop when I look back in the future.

I therefore felt that I needed to maintain my current level and that I also required a new challenge.

Since I was 17, I’ve been a consistent starter, so when I reached the height of my career, I wouldn’t tolerate not being on the field frequently.

My natural tendency is to struggle and try to alter the situation, but it didn’t work out and that was that.

Even though the amount of time in the game was restricted, I am 27 years old, I know my standards, and I know what I can provide to a team. Anything less wouldn’t be accepted by me,” he added.

After spending seven seasons with City, winning one FA Cup, five League Cups, the FWA Footballer of the Year, and making it to the Champions League final, Sterling confessed it was difficult to leave.

“Of course, there were a number of great experiences and moments throughout my stay at The City.

However, over the year and a half I spent away from the team, I learned a lot about myself, came to value a lot of things, and made an effort to arrange them.

Many things take place for a purpose, and I clung to that belief.

It was challenging because my children attended school there, and my son missed his buddies. But in life, you have to choose what’s best for you and your family, right?”

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