Raheem Sterling has issued an emotional farewell message to Manchester City ahead of completing his move to Chelsea.
The 27-year-old arrived at Etihad from Liverpool back in 2015 and scored 131 goals in 311 appearances for the Cityzens, winning four Premier League titles during his seven seasons with the club.
“Seven seasons. Eleven major trophies. A lifetime of memories,” his statement read.
“To the coaching staff who have played a massive role in my development over the years, to my team-mates 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 associated with Manchester City, my respect for you couldn’t be greater.
“What a ride it’s been. I am thankful for the ups and downs, as it’s the downs that have, at times, have tested my strength and resolve, and enabled me to stand here in front of you as the best possible version of myself.
“I arrived in Manchester a 20-year-old. Today, I leave as a man.
“Thank you for your endless support. It’s been an honour to wear the shirt of Manchester City.”
Raheem Sterling is on the verge of joining Chelsea after both clubs reach agreements for the striker worth £50m and has already jetted out to Los Angeles to join with his soon-to-be new teammates.
The English international has already completed his medical examinations with Chelsea, with official confirmation is imminent.