Raheem Sterling has accomplished his sensational transfer from Manchester Metropolis to Chelsea, with Todd Boehly lastly touchdown his first main signing since taking up the membership from Roman Abramovich.
The 27-year-old England star has swapped the Etihad Stadium for Stamford Bridge in a transfer believed to price £50million.
Sterling has signed a five-year contract value considerably greater than the £300,000 every week he was paid by Metropolis. There’s the choice for an extension of an extra season on a deal that takes him into the Premier League’s prime three earners.
He turns into the primary signing of the Boehly period and will likely be adopted by Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly after Chelsea agreed a £34m transfer for the centre again on Wednesday. He’ll bear a medical in Los Angeles on Thursday.
‘Before everything, it’s a pleasure to be right here,’ Sterling mentioned.
‘I’ve clearly achieved rather a lot in my profession thus far, however there’s nonetheless a lot extra to realize and I’m actually trying ahead to doing that in a Chelsea shirt, underneath Thomas’s administration.
‘London is my dwelling and the place it began for me, and it’s wonderful I now have the chance to play in entrance of family and friends week in, week out at Stamford Bridge. I’m actually trying ahead to assembly the followers there quickly.
‘I do need to take the chance to thank Todd, Behdad, the possession group, Thomas, and all concerned within the means of getting me right here.
‘I can’t wait to get going now and proceed to do my speaking on the pitch.’
Joyous new co-owner Boehly added: ‘Raheem Sterling is a serial winner and his signing is a vital step in strengthening our squad.
‘We’re delighted for Raheem to return to London with Chelsea, and we sit up for seeing his world-class expertise on show at Stamford Bridge.’
Sterling had penned an emotional letter to Metropolis and their followers, wherein he confirmed his exit earlier right now.
‘I arrived in Manchester a 20-year-old. At present, I go away as a person’, he wrote.
The ahead jetted out to Los Angeles on Tuesday to hyperlink up together with his soon-to-be new Chelsea team-mates forward of official affirmation of his transfer from Metropolis.
Sterling might make his Chelsea debut in Charlotte subsequent Thursday or towards Arsenal within the Florida Cup closing the next Saturday.
It’s considered unlikely that the ahead will likely be out there for Chelsea’s pre-season pleasant with Membership America this Sunday, although.
In Sterling’s emotional letter to Metropolis, he mentioned: ‘Seven seasons. Eleven main trophies. A lifetime of reminiscences.
‘To the teaching employees who’ve performed an enormous function in my growth over time, to my team-mates who’ve develop into extra than simply these I share a pitch with, to the backroom employees, to the workplace employees, to the followers who’ve tirelessly supported the workforce, and to everybody related to Manchester Metropolis, my respect for you couldn’t be better.
‘What a trip it’s been.
‘I’m grateful for the ups and downs, because it’s the downs which have, at instances, have examined my energy and resolve, and enabled me to face right here in entrance of you as the absolute best model of myself.
‘I arrived in Manchester a 20-year-old. At present, I go away as a person.
‘Thanks in your limitless assist. It’s been an honour to put on the shirt of Manchester Metropolis.’
Sterling is the Blues’ first signing since Boehly accomplished his protracted takeover of the membership in Could, within the wake of UK authorities sanctions towards earlier proprietor Abramovich after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Chelsea flew out for his or her USA pre-season tour on Saturday and had been eager to have the ahead out there to journey with them.
Sterling’s resolve to make the transfer was hardened by a dialogue with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel, who advised him how he could be used at Stamford Bridge.
In his final yr of his contract at Metropolis, it’s thought that Sterling is eager to stay a key half in any squad.
Sterling’s need to go away Metropolis was pushed by a requirement for extra recreation time within the largest fixtures, one thing Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola couldn’t assure, however the relationship is ending amicably.
It’s believed that Metropolis formally mentioned Sterling’s need to carry an finish to a stellar seven-year keep on the Etihad Stadium at the start of the June throughout a dialog led by the England worldwide.
The Premier League champions afforded the ahead time to find out his subsequent steps and Sterling has appreciated the house to evaluate his choices and is grateful for the transparency that each events have dedicated to.