Raheem Sterling has written an emotional ode to Manchester City supporters ahead of the £50 million transfer, and it is anticipated that Chelsea will officially announce him as a player.
Prior to his £50 million transfer to Premier League rival Chelsea, Raheem Sterling had written an emotional farewell to Manchester City supporters.
After Romelu Lukaku returned to Inter Milan on loan, Chelsea sought out extra firepower, and Raheem Sterling was at the top of Thomas Tuchel’s wishlist of attacking targets.
Sterling was in the final year of his contract with Man City.
Sterling had a medical with Chelsea on Sunday after reaching a personal agreement on a five-year contract with an additional 12-month option.
“Seven seasons, 11 major trophies, a lifetime of memories,” Sterling wrote.
“To the coaching staff who have played a massive role in my development over the years.
To my teammates who have become more than just those I share a pitch with.
To the backroom staff, to the office staff, to the fans who have tirelessly supported the team.
And to everyone involved with Manchester City, my respect for you couldn’t be greater. What a ride it’s been.
I am thankful for the ups and the downs as it’s the downs that have at times, tested my strength and resolve, and enabled me to stand here in front of you as the best possible version of myself.
I arrived in Manchester a 20-year-old, today, I leave as a man. Thank you for your endless support.
It’s been an honour to wear the shirt of Manchester City.”
Sterling began his career with Liverpool and joined City in a £49 million transaction in July 2015.
The enormity of Sterling’s price tag at the time raised eyebrows, but he has more than compensated City.
Under Pep Guardiola, he scored 131 goals in all competitions, including 31 in the 2019–20 season, making him one of the best forwards in Europe.
Under Gareth Southgate, Sterling has also emerged as one of England’s top players, helping the team win Euro 2020 last year.
He was also a member of the group that advanced to the Nations League championships in 2019 and also the World Cup semifinals four years ago.
Sterling’s future at City appeared uncertain for a while.
He started his contract’s last year earlier this month, and if City had held onto him, they might have lost out on a transfer price.
All the money they put into him seven years ago has been recouped.
Although former player Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink thinks Chelsea need to buy an “out and out” striker if they want to contend for the Premier League title, Chelsea supporters are delighted to watch Sterling in action.
Hasselbaink, who played for Chelsea from 2000 to 2004, stated earlier this month that “they need a goalscorer.”
“Sterling is a wonderful player and a very good player, but he isn’t a clear-cut No. 9 player, as we all know.
You’ll still need a scorer with Sterling if you’re going to sign him.
We are all aware of his abilities, skill level, quickness, and tenacity. Great signing, but I still believe their club needs a goal scorer.”