Raheem Sterling said an emotional farewell to Manchester City and the club’s supporters ahead of his £50m transfer to Chelsea.
Sterling is currently in Los Angeles, US, awaiting to be announced as a Chelsea player after finalizing his contract and completing his medicals in London.
The 27-year-old is set to become the first signing of the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Capital era at Chelsea.
In a farewell statement, Sterling said: “Seven seasons. Eleven major trophies. A lifetime of memories.”
“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 office staff, to the fans who have tirelessly supported the team. And to everyone involved with Manchester City. My respect for you couldn’t be greater.
“What a ride it’s been. I am thankful for the ups and the downs, as it’s downs that have, at times, 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.”
He shared a 3-minutes video of his wonderful journey as a Manchester City player.
What a journey 💙 pic.twitter.com/beX13AOOsj
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) July 13, 2022
The England forward signed for City in 2015 from Liverpool for £50m. He went on to score 131 goals in 339 games in all competitions for the club.