Raheem Sterling bids farewell to Manchester City before move to Chelsea

The 27-year-old is expected to leave Chelsea in the next 24 hours as he had a medical with the club on Sunday.

In a statement confirming his exit from the city, the England forward sent a heartfelt goodbye message to his former team-mates and club staff and fans on his social media accounts.

“Seven seasons. Eleven major trophies. Memories of a lifetime. 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 who share a pitch with me. Of 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 higher,” said Stirling.

“How good it has been. I am grateful for the ups and downs, because it is the ups and downs that have, at times, tested my strength and resolve, and made me stand here before you as the best possible version of me. enabled to do.

He said, “I arrived in Manchester at the age of 20, today I go as a man. Thank you for your endless support. It is an honor to wear Manchester City’s shirt.”

City signed Sterling from Liverpool in 2015 in a £49m deal. He scored 131 goals in 339 games, winning four Premier League titles.

Sterling would become Chelsea’s first major signing since the Todd Boehley-led takeover has been held by England 77 times. He will now join the Chelsea team that left for their pre-season tour of the United States on Saturday.

His deal is worth up to £50 million including add-ons and is expected to be a five-year contract with an option for an additional year. A BBC report said he had one year left on his contract at City and that he had attracted interest from major clubs overseas.

Chelsea are also looking to get stronger in defense after losing Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen to Barcelona. They are also chasing City’s 27-year-old Dutch defender Nathan Acke as well as Napoli and Senegalese centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

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