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“I couldn’t afford to waste my time”

2022-08-11

the english attacker Raheem Sterlingwho arrived at Chelsea this summer, said on Thursday that he joined the London team to avoid wasting his best years and “wasting time”, due to the few minutes of play he enjoyed at Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

“I felt that my playing time at City was becoming more and more limited for different reasons,” Sterling said during his official presentation at Chelsea. “I couldn’t afford to lose time, so I needed to keep the same level and take on a new challenge,” the player explained.

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The English international saw his playing time progressively reduced in the last two seasons due to the arrival of Phil Foden and the investment of 100 million pounds (118 million euros, 121 million dollars) in the signing of Jack Grealish.

“I’ve been a regular starter since I was 17, so reaching the peak of my career and not playing regularly is something I couldn’t accept,” continued the former Liverpool player (2012-2015).

Sterling won four Premier League titles in the last five seasons at City. In total, he has lifted 10 major trophies in the last seven seasons. And he came to score 131 goals in 337 games.

Precisely, the coach Thomas Tuchel intends to exploit his scoring ability, since the ‘Blues’ seem to have to play without a center forward this season, after the departure this summer of the Belgian Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan and the return of the German Timo Werner to RB Leipzig.

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Sterling will make his debut for Chelsea on Sunday at Stamford Bridge against Tottenham in a highly anticipated London derby. Both teams started their Premier League season with a victory last weekend.

Sterling won four Premier League titles in the last five seasons at City.  In total, he has lifted 10 major trophies in the last seven seasons.
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