Raheem Sterling FIFA player signs a five-year deal at Etihad Stadium for a record transfer fee–Raheem Sterling, England forward, has signed a five-year contract with Manchester City for a record transfer fee and also becomes club’s record signing.
The 20 year-old England international completed a £49 million move from Anfield to Man City.
The former Liverpool midfielder will wear the No. 7 shirt at Blues and will fly with his new team-mates on pre-season tour to Australia.
“I’m just glad it’s all over and done with and I can’t wait to get on the training field,” he said.
“The more quality players around you, the more quality it brings out in you so I can’t wait to get started.”
Man City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, said the club has signed one of the best attacking midfielder in the football world.
Sterling had a long run starting his youth career at Queens Park Rangers Academy. In 2010, Sterling was signed by Liverpool with the initiatives of Rafael Benitez.
In 2012, he made his debut for the senior team and has featured in 129 matches for the club, in a span of three years.
In 2014, he received the Gold Boy award from a panel of sports journalists, acknowledging him as the best under-21 player currently playing in Europe.
It wasn’t a smooth transaction for the Jamaican-born England international. In February 2015, Sterling was offered “an incredible deal” to stay at Liverpool.
On 1st April, Sterling turned down a new deal offered by the Liverpool officials.
In June, Man City offered an initial bid of £30 million for the versatile attacking midfielder. But it was turned down by Liverpool.
A second bid for £40 million was made a week later, once again Liverpool rejected and valuing Sterling at £50 million.
Finally, on July 14, both the clubs reached an agreement for the record transfer fee for an English player.