Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester Metropolis, with the winger signing a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge with the choice of a further 12 months.
Sterling turns into Chelsea’s first main signing of the summer time after agreeing a £45m transfer to the west Londoners, having expressed a want to depart Pep Guardiola’s facet this summer time.
The 27-year-old had entered the ultimate season of his contract on the Premier League champions and had been eager to depart after a lowered position final season, making simply 23 league begins.
Sterling emerged because the main switch goal for Thomas Tuchel, because the Blues look to extend their aim risk forward of subsequent season.
Tuchel has outlined a plan for a extra cellular and fluid entrance three after permitting Romelu Lukaku to depart on mortgage for Inter Milan, with Sterling – who scored 131 targets throughout seven seasons at Metropolis – including targets and tactical flexibility to the Chelsea facet.
Chatting with the membership web site after finishing his transfer, Sterling was delighted to return to London and excited to work underneath the Blues boss.
“At the beginning, it’s a pleasure to be right here,” mentioned Sterling. “I’ve clearly achieved so much in my profession to date, however there’s nonetheless a lot extra to realize and I’m actually wanting ahead to doing that in a Chelsea shirt, underneath Thomas’ administration.
“London is my house and the place it began for me, and it’s wonderful I now have the chance to play in entrance of family and friends week in, week out at Stamford Bridge. I’m actually wanting ahead to assembly the followers there quickly.
“I can’t wait to get going now and proceed to do my speaking on the pitch.”
Sterling made 339 appearances in all competitions for Metropolis and gained 4 Premier League titles amongst his main honours on the Etihad.
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