Raheem Sterling joins Chelsea, after seven magnificent seasons spent wearing the Skyblues shirt.
During these years, Sterling established himself as one of the greatest players of the club’s modern period, with 339 appearances for 131 goals.
His 91 Premier League goals are surpassed only by those of Sergio Aguero, and he leaves the club as 11th top scorer in history (in all competitions), just one unit behind Fred Tilson and Billy Gillespie (132), tied for ninth.
Sterling is City’s second top scorer in Europe, with 24 Champions League goals, behind Aguero’s 43.
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Reflecting on his time at the Club, he expressed his sincere thanks.
“Seven seasons, twelve major trophies, a lifetime of memories,” Sterling said.
“To the technical staff, who have played a decisive role in my progress over the years, to my teammates, who have become more than work colleagues, to the stewardship staff, those of the office, to the supporters who have tirelessly supported the team and to everyone involved with Manchester City on a daily basis, my respect for you couldn’t be greater. »
“What a long way! »
“I’m grateful for the highs and the lows, because those lows have sometimes tested my strength and determination and allowed me to show you the best of me. »
“I came to Manchester when I was 20. Today, I leave having become a man. »
“Thank you for your unwavering support. It has been an honor to wear the Manchester City shirt. »
—Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) July 13, 2022
Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Raheem has been a wonderful servant to Manchester City, and he leaves our club on the best possible terms after helping us win another Premier League title. »
“He’s been a huge part of the successes we’ve had in recent seasons and his attitude, on and off the pitch, has been an inspiration to many. »
“He will be linked with Manchester City forever and we wish him well for the next chapter of his career. He leaves knowing that he will always be welcome in our club. »
Sterling joined City from Liverpool in July 2015, following a deal that saw him become the most expensive English signing in history.
At the time of his transfer, Sterling said: “My mum thinks blue suits me well. »
He made his debut a month later in a 3-0 win at West Brom and scored his first goal for City against Watford at the end of August.
Among the many memorable events of his time at City, his injury-time winner against Bournemouth in August 2017 will be remembered by those who witnessed his celebration with the fans and his sending off moments later, for a second yellow card.
Few will forget either the game-winning goal he scored against Southampton three months later in the 96th minute, to secure a 2–1 success and take City’s Premier League winning streak to 12 – a new record for the club at the time.
City won the title that season, with 100 points on the clock and at the end of a campaign that saw Pep Guardiola’s men break numerous Premier League records.
Sterling played his part to the full, finding the net 23 times in 45 appearances – he also claimed his first Premier League winners’ medal, in addition to the Carabao Cup triumph earlier in the season.
The 2018-19 campaign saw Sterling arguably at the top of their game, as City completed a domestic treble (Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup).
He made 51 appearances that season, scoring 25 goals – not including the winning shot on goal in the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea.
City edged former club Sterling’s Liverpool by one point and his two goals in the FA Cup final win over Watford earned him PFA Young Player of the Year and Player of the Year awards. year by journalists.
The following season was his best ever, 31 goals in 52 appearances, and although the Premier League title went to Anfield, he added the Community Shield and another Carabao Cup to his collection of trophies.
Raheem would score a further 31 goals in 96 appearances over the next two campaigns, each ending with a Premier League title.
In total, the 77-cap England striker has won 11 trophies with City and received the MBE in 2021 for his admirable work in the fight against racism.
A wonderful servant to the club, everyone at Manchester City wishes Raheem the best of luck in this new chapter of his career.