Raheem Sterling is driven to change Chelsea by fear of wasting his best years.


Raheem Sterling has revealed his move to Chelsea was prompted by growing frustration with his limited playing time at Manchester City.

Sterling has won four Premier League titles in the last five seasons at City, among 10 major trophies during his time at Manchester.

But the England international’s playing time has been more limited in the past two seasons due to the emergence of Phil Foden and City’s purchase of Jack Grealish for 100 million pounds ($122 million). .

« I just felt like my playing time at City was limited for different reasons, » Sterling said when presented to Chelsea on Thursday.

« I couldn’t afford to waste that time. So I needed to keep the same level and take on a new challenge.

« It’s something that for 17 years I was a regular starter, so to come to a high point in my career, not playing regularly is something I wouldn’t accept. »

Sterling scored 131 goals in 337 appearances for City during his seven years at the club.

And it’s his goalscoring ability that Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is looking to exploit to the fullest as the Blues look set to go without a natural striker this season.

 » He [Tuchel] He told me it was my directness, always threatening from behind, not always wanting to do it in the feet and going behind,” Sterling added on what the German coach wants.

“But the most important thing is how I attack the box, and with the full-backs we have here, he said that was the thing he wanted to see most often.

“I’m excited, I grew up a bit off the pitch. I feel like my whole journey, going to Liverpool, Manchester, playing City, and living the dream – now I’m coming back to London as an adult.

« I’ve been in football for a while now, I have my head on my shoulders and I know exactly what I want from my life and from football.

“So now is the perfect time to come back.

“In the dressing room and at the football club there is a side of me that is developing that I would like to see a lot more of, and that is being more involved in decisions in the dressing room, being more vocal , and trying to move the team forward. »

Chelsea banned a fan for life and issued five more temporary suspensions after Sterling suffered racial slurs at Stamford Bridge while playing for City in 2019.

However, he said this incident had no impact on his decision whether to join the club or not. « It’s the first time I actually remember it, » he said when asked about the incident.

“It’s not something that played on my mind at all. I can’t let abuse from individuals affect my perception of a club. »

Sterling will make his home debut at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as Chelsea host Tottenham in a much-anticipated London derby after both sides kicked off their Premier League season with victory last weekend.

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