I can’t accept this – Raheem Sterling

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Chelsea’s summer signing Raheem Sterling spoke at length to the media today, and he revealed some of the major things that propelled his move to Chelsea.

Sterling dumped Manchester City for Chelsea, with the Blues having to pay £47.5m for his signing.

Sterling has admitted that he couldn’t sit on the Manchester City bench at the peak of his career, having been a regular from a young age of 17 at Liverpool.

“The move came about, like anything as a person you strive to achieve, and I just felt my time at City was getting limited on playing time for different reasons,” said Sterling.

“I couldn’t afford to waste that time. So I needed to keep that same level and a fresh challenge.

“It’s something that since 17 I’d been a regular starting, so to get to a peak time in my career, not to play regularly is something I wouldn’t accept.

“My personality is to try to fight and change the scenario, but it didn’t happen and that’s it. This was the option that was tailor-made to my personal goals, and with my family as well and the direction the club is going in.

“It’s a team that’s competing and only going to get better. With the new ownership as well, it made a lot of sense. It was tough of course with the time I spent at City and there’s lots of memories and top moments.

“But the year and a bit that I was in and out of the team taught me a lot about myself, made me value a lot of things and I tried to get things in order.

“It was a difficult decision but you have to make the decision that’s best for yourself.

“It does feel like coming home, coming back to London; it’s been a long time that I’ve been away, since about 14 or 15.”