Chelsea have now confirmed the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, with the 27-year-old joining for a fee of £50million, but the Sky Blues may end up regretting the deal.
Sterling leaves City after winning 10 trophies in seven years, and now looks to start a new adventure with Chelsea as he returns to London. Sterling's quality is undeniable, but the impact he had on the City team may have slipped under the radar.
The 27-year-old scored 91 Premier League goals at City, and was named both PFA Young Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year during his time in Manchester. And another telling stat shows that City have a lot of goals to compensate for.
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City are flooded with world-class talent, and that won't change now that Sterling has departed. But since Sterling joined the club in 2015, only Sergio Aguero has scored more goals than him in all competitions.
Aguero unexpectedly tops the list with 153 goals during the seven-year period, but Sterling isn't far behind with 131 which is well clear of Gabriel Jesus in third. Jesus has scored 95 goals, which is also alarming as City have decided to sell the Brazilian to Arsenal too.
Of course, Erling Haaland is arriving at the club, and it's expected that he will break all sorts of records over the course of his time wearing sky blue. But it's certainly a risk letting Sterling go, and it was an emotional goodbye from the new Chelsea signing.
Sterling posted a statement to the City fans and to the club upon joining Chelsea, which read: "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 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."
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