Chelsea official confirmed the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City for £47 million on a four-year deal. The 27-year-old England international is expected to earn £300,000 a week, making him Chelsea’s highest-paid player.
Raheem Sterling enjoyed an incredible seven-year spell at Manchester City. Sterling scored 131 goals and provided 94 assists in 337 appearances for Manchester City. He grew more influential under Pep Guardiola.
Sterling (120) is ranked third among players who have scored the most goals under Pep Guardiola, Only Sergio Aguero(124) and Lionel Messi (212)have more. He won four Premier League titles, Four Carabao Cup, and FA Cup with Manchester City.
Raheem Sterling become the first signing under Todd Boehly’s era following his £47 million transfer.
Chelsea English duo Mason Mount and Reece James who plays with Raheem Sterling in the England national team have expressed their excitement with the arrival of Raheem Sterling at Chelsea.
What was said?
Reacting to Raheem Sterling’s transfer, Mason Mount said: “A top, top guy. Such an experienced player, a top-class pro.
“I’ve been lucky to play with him over the last couple of years with England where he’s captained the team at times. He’s someone who has been there for a very long time.
“He’s a top player and I’ve learned a lot off him over the last couple of years so for him to be joining us, he’s only going to bring our levels higher.
“He’s definitely someone who strives for high levels to win and that’s what we want. We want those players around this group, very excited for him to be here.
“We’ve lost a few that are leaders and he’s coming in and will be someone that will lead, a big presence in the group, a big personality. Hopefully, we can win some things together.”
Chelsea right-back Reece James added:” He can be quiet and he can be loud as well but he’s great to be around and a top guy off the pitch. He will bring good energy.
“On the pitch, I don’t really need to talk too much about what he does. He’s been at the top of the Premier League for the past 10 years and he’s won a number of titles so hopefully, he can help bring some special moments to us as well.
“It’s a very exciting signing. He’s not a player that has no experience or hasn’t won any trophies. He’s scored a number of goals and a number of assists so at the end of the day he’s won trophies in one of the biggest leagues in football.
“Playing against him is a nightmare so I’m pretty happy that he’s here now and I don’t need to play against him anymore!’
Sterling was unveiled in Los Angeles on Tuesday where Chelsea is currently having their pre-season tour.
Chelsea has also agreed £ 40 million transfer fee with Napoli for Senegalese international Kalidou Koulibaly. Kalidou Koulibaly is expected to fly to Los Angeles for Chelsea’s pre-season tour today.