One of the most shocking Premier League transfers this summer was Raheem Sterling’s move to Chelsea.
It was quite obvious that the English forward fell out of favour with Pep Guardiola last season, after a flourishing six year spell at Manchester City. Sterling’s game time and relevance at the club kept depreciating as time went by last season.
Having made two Premier League appearances for his new London side, Raheem Sterling gives a detailed breakdown of the reasons behind his departure from Manchester City.
Raheem Sterling on leaving ManCity: “Misunderstandings, contracts running down. It was a shame to see how it ended in the end because I had such a great time there. A lot of things came into play, a lot of reasons, but I wasn’t complaining, I was ready to challenge…”
Raheem Sterling: “As you can see, even with some of the performances I put in, you couldn’t guarantee yourself a place so it just didn’t make sense to fight a battle you can never win.”
“ManCity is a fantastic club that wins lots of trophies, that helped my development massively, but there comes a time when you’ve got to think about yourself, what’s best, what you want for future. That’s the sole reason why I am at Chelsea.”
“Everyone wants to feel wanted, football is no different. When you play your heart out, sacrifice some of your kids’ birthdays, then get treated a certain way, it’s disappointing. At the time I was fuming, raging, but it’s gone, in the past…”
“As a player, you always want to do your best and help your team, but when you don’t think things are going fairly, it’s always a disappointment. If you are not happy playing your football you’ve got to look at other options to get that happiness back…”
“And that’s exactly what I have done. It was the right time for me to move on. I wouldn’t stay part of something I knew I couldn’t give my all in…”