On Wednesday, Chelsea finalized the acquisition of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, with the winger signing a five-year contract.
Sterling had already said his goodbyes to Manchester City following seven seasons in which he won four Premier League championships. His move to Chelsea is said to have cost 47.5 million pounds ($56.5 million) and strengthened the London club’s offensive options after striker Romelu Lukaku returned to Inter Milan on loan.
“Raheem Sterling is a serial winner, and his acquisition is vital in improving our team,” said Todd Boehly, Chelsea’s new co-controlling owner and chairman.
Sterling had already traveled to Los Angeles to join Chelsea on their preseason tour and sign the new contract.
The England attacking midfielder sent an emotional statement on social media and a video of himself at City.
It stated, “Seven seasons, eleven major trophies, a lifetime of memories.” “To the coaching staff who have played a huge 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 cannot be expressed.”
“What an adventure.”
Sterling joined City from Liverpool for roughly 50 million pounds in 2015, making him the most expensive English footballer of all time.
Sterling, 27, helped City win four league championships and 131 goals in 339 appearances in all competitions. He was in and out of the lineup last season, missing both legs of the Champions League semifinal defeat to Real Madrid and the final-day Premier League title-clincher against Aston Villa.
“I am grateful for the ups and downs,” Sterling said in his post. “Because it is the ups that have tested my strength and determination, allowing me to stand here in front of you as the finest possible version of myself.”
“I came to Manchester as a 20-year-old; I leave today as a man.”