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Raheem Sterling the first signing of the new Chelsea era

18 Jul 2022 | 08:01 | Football

Raheem Sterling plays for Manchester City FC. Photo: AFP

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Raheem Sterling plays for Manchester City FC. Photo: AFP

Raheem Sterling becomes Chelsea’s first signing since Todd Boehly’s consortium bought the club on Wednesday, ending his successful seven years at Manchester City.

“London is my home and where it all started for me, and it’s fantastic that I have the opportunity to play in front of friends and family next week at Stamford Bridge.”

Raheem Sterling, English footballer and Chelsea FC

The 27-year-old striker has signed a five-year contract for a reported fee of £50 million ($59 million).

“England star Raheem Sterling has joined Chelsea from Manchester City on a five-year contract,” Chelsea said in a statement.

Sterling prepared for his action on Wednesday by posting a goodbye message on social media saying he left City as a “man” from Liverpool at the age of 20.

However, when the official signing became Sterling – who was with Chelsea on a pre-season tour in the US – attention turned to what he hopes to achieve under Thomas Tuchel.

Sterling said: “I’ve clearly achieved a lot in my career so far, but there’s still a lot to be achieved and I’m really looking forward to doing it in a Chelsea shirt, under management. by Thomas”.

“London is my home and where it all started for me, and it’s fantastic that I have the opportunity to play in front of friends and family next week at Stamford Bridge.”

Sterling, who has capped 77 times for England, has won four Premier League titles out of nine major trophies since joining City from Liverpool in 2015.

A key player in the early years of Pep Guardiola’s reign at City, Sterling scored 131 goals in 337 appearances for the English champions.

However, his regular place in the starting XI at Man City has come under increasing threat from the signing of Jack Grealish for a Premier League record £100m last year, plus his appearance. by Phil Foden from the club’s academy.

Sterling is tipped to join Stamford Bridge for the new season by Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Telegraph reports a £34m deal has been agreed between clubs for the 31-year-old centre-back.

Chelsea are in need of defensive reinforcements after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left respectively as free agents to join Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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