Raheem Sterling says that he has his eyes on adding to his already impressive trophy cabinet after signing for Chelsea from Manchester City.
The forward moved to the Etihad Stadium in 2015 after rising to stardom as a Liverpool youngster. But he matured at City under Pep Guardiola, playing a vital part in the Spaniard’s 11 trophies so far.
Despite having four Premier League winners’ medals in his cabinet already, 27-year-old Sterling is only just approaching his prime.
And as he entered the final year of his City deal, he felt now was the right time to leave.
Speaking to Chelsea’s official website after they confirmed his initial £47.5million transfer on a five-year contract, London-born Sterling expressed his excitement at trying to win silverware back in the capital.
“First and foremost, it’s a pleasure to be here,” the winger said.
“I’ve obviously achieved a lot in my career so far, but there is still so much more to achieve and I’m really looking forward to doing that in a Chelsea shirt, under Thomas’s [Tuchel] management.
“London is my home and where it all started for me, and it’s amazing I now have the opportunity to play in front of friends and family week in, week out at Stamford Bridge. I’m really looking forward to meeting the fans there soon.”
Sterling also thanked Chelsea‘s new owners, including Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, for helping seal the deal.
“I do want to take the opportunity to thank Todd, Behdad, the ownership group, Thomas, and all involved in the process of getting me here,” he said.
“I can’t wait to get going now and continue to do my talking on the pitch.”
Boehly hails Sterling, Chelsea transfer
Boehly, the face of Chelsea’s new consortium of club chiefs, lauded the deal for Sterling.
“Raheem Sterling is a serial winner and his signing is an important step in strengthening our squad,” the American said.
“We are delighted for Raheem to return to London with Chelsea, and we look forward to seeing his world-class talent on display at Stamford Bridge.”
Sterling leaves City with 337 appearances to his name, while he has made 320 Premier League appearances overall.
Statement signing from the Blues
Sterling is a statement signing for Chelsea who can help reshape manager Tuchel’s attack in the seasons to come.
Tuchel thought he had solved his attacking transfer puzzle by signing Romelu Lukaku last season. However, the Belgian striker failed to settle and has since departed again back to Inter on loan.
And it is now Sterling’s turn to try and prove himself at Stamford Bridge and help Tuchel’s men close the Premier League gap to Liverpool and Manchester City.
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Sterling to Chelsea is undoubtedly one of the transfers of the summer. He has a wealth of Premier League experience and is one of England boss Gareth Southgate’s most trusted players.
Not to mention, he has achieved all that he has before his prime years. Sterling can now look forward to making even more of a mark in the top flight.