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Chelsea have completed the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City for £47.5m. Sterling has signed a five-year contract with the club with an option to extend for a further year. He has linked up with the Chelsea squad for their pre-season tour in the United States. Sterling has made 320 appearances in the league in his career, contributing to 165 goals in the process.

“First and foremost, it’s a pleasure to be here. I’ve obviously achieved a lot in my career so far, but there is still so much more to achieve and I’m really looking forward to doing that in a Chelsea shirt, under Thomas’ management,” Raheem Sterling said. “London is my home and where it all started for me, and it’s amazing I now have the opportunity to play in front of friends and family week in, week out at Stamford Bridge. I’m really looking forward to meeting the fans there soon. I can’t wait to get going now and continue to do my talking on the pitch.”

“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 involved with Manchester City, my respect for you couldn’t be greater,” he added. “What a ride it’s been. I am thankful for the ups and downs, as it’s the 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 arrive in Manchester a 20-year-old. Today, I leave as a man.”

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