Raheem Sterling has claimed that he had to leave Manchester City for Chelsea because he was underperforming “I couldn’t afford to squander any more time.”
After joining City from Liverpool in 2015, the England star won four Premier League championships and has made more appearances for the club than any other player under Pep Guardiola. However, Sterling, 27, has lost his spot as City’s first-choice striker in the Premier League and Champions League under Pep Guardiola.
He also stated that he attempted to persuade the City to reconsider the £47.5 million shift to West London. “As a human, you constantly aspire to do things,” he explained.
“I felt my playing time at [Man] City was becoming increasingly restricted for a variety of reasons, and I couldn’t afford to squander any more time.” I never wanted to look back in the future and witness a climb followed by a drop. So my instinct was that I needed to maintain my current level and that a new challenge was required.”
“I’ve been a regular starter since I was 17, and not being able to play consistently at this point in my career was unacceptable to me. My personality is to fight and change the situation, but it didn’t come and there was the end of it.
“With game time being restricted, as it is with everything, I’m 27 years old and I know my standards and what I provide to a team.” Anything less would be unacceptable to me.” Sterling stated it was tough for him to leave City after seven seasons in which he won one FA Cup, five League Cups, was named FWA Footballer of the Year and reached the Champions League final.
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“Of course, there were many memorable experiences and recollections during my stay at City.” But the year and a half I was away from the team taught me a lot about myself and taught me to appreciate and organize a lot of things. Everything happens for a reason, and I kept that in mind. It was difficult because my children attended school there, and my son misses his buddies. But in life, you have to make the greatest decisions for yourself and your family.”
Sterling was born in Brent and began his professional career at QPR. “It does feel like coming home,” he said.
“It feels like my entire adventure. Going up to Liverpool and manifesting what I desired, going to City and living the dream, and now returning to London as an adult, being in the football game and feeling like I’ve got my head on my shoulders. I know what I want out of life and football. So this is an excellent moment to embark on a new endeavor.”
Sterling will make his Stamford Bridge debut on Sunday after being racially assaulted by a Blues supporter when playing for City in December 2018.
“It wasn’t anything that crossed my thoughts at all,” he explained. “I can’t allow an incident involving people to alter my opinion of the club.”