After seven years at Manchester City, Raheem Sterling is moving to Chelsea FC. The international has emotional words for the Skyblues as he bids farewell.

Emotional words from Raheem Sterling!

The 27-year-old is leaving Manchester City this summer and is likely to join Chelsea FC. After seven years with the Skyblues, this is a big break in the life of the England international.

Accordingly, the striker bid an emotional farewell in a message on Twitter and Instagram.

“What a ride it’s been,” he said, describing his time with the Citizens and thanking all the people involved in the journey. He did not forget the coaching staff, who had played a big part in his development as a footballer, nor his teammates, who had been more than just teammates. He also remembered all the club staff behind the scenes. He also explicitly mentioned the fans who support the club tirelessly.

Raheem Sterling: Emotional ManCity Farewell

To that end, he said, in addition to all the successes with the team – including winning four championships and an FA Cup title with City – he was also grateful for defeats he had to experience during that time. “They were a test for me and ensured I was able to do the best I could.”

Those years in the City jersey, he said, ensured he grew up. “I arrived in Manchester as a 20-year-old. Today I leave as a man.”

Therefore, he said, it was a special honour for him to have worn the Manchester City jersey: “Thank you for your never-ending support.”

Chelsea announce Sterling switch

Sterling had joined City from Liverpool FC in 2015 and made 337 appearances for the Sheikh club in seven years. The 27-year-old scored 131 goals and set up 94 others.

Now the England international is heading to Stamford Bridge, where he will receive a five-year contract, according to club sources. The transfer fee is reportedly around 52 million euros.

“Raheem Steerling is a serial winner and his signing is an important step in strengthening our squad,” Chelsea owner Todd Boehly said on the club’s website.