Raheem Sterling has released a statement ahead of his expected move to Chelsea

Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling is reportedly set to join Chelsea on their pre-season tour of the United States ahead of his big-money move.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are understood to have struck an agreement to sign Sterling for an initial fee of £47.5m, and the 27-year-old has already given the green light to personal terms.

Raheem Sterling has penned an emotional letter to Manchester City ahead of his £50million move to Chelsea, admitting he is leaving the club ‘as a man’. Raheem Sterling confirms that he’s leaving Man City on social media.

“The Blues have reportedly paid £50m for the England international, who has put to paper on a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

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Sterling, 27, leaves City having scored 131 goals in 337 games during a successful seven-year spell at the Etihad.

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 teammates 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.

What a ride it’s been.

I am thankful for the ups and the 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.

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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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