London, July 13 Liverpool’s unhappy winger Raheem Sterling has got his way after the football club and rivals Manchester City agreed a deal worth $76 million for the 20-year-old Londoner.
The young Englishman, who became the most expensive English footballer in history when he signed for Manchester City from Liverpool, is on his way to Australia to join Manuel Pellegrini’s squad for their pre-season tour.
Sterling has signed a five-year contract on a salary of around £200,000 a week.
Speaking to his new club’s official website on Tuesday, Sterling said it was a “happy time” for him and his family and the prospect of playing with world class players was an exciting one.
“I think from an Aston Villa perspective they can just sit tight now knowing that Liverpool have got near enough £40m from the Raheem deal”, said Aldridge.
Sterling is understood to have completed a medical at City on Monday after the Merseyside club accepted their third bid for the player, who made no secret of his desire to leave.
However, Sterling is not going to a new country unlike what Di María had to experience being away from his home nation Argentina, then being transferred from Spain to England. “Also to Kenny Dalglish for showing such faith in me and putting me in at such a young age”, explained the City attacker, before moving on to the current Liverpool manager.
Australian football fans will get to see Raheem Sterling in action Down Under after all. “I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone”.
“I could have easily stayed at City and been there another four to five years, being around the club, helping us win things”.
The fee is also higher than the previous record for an English player, surpassing the £35 million Liverpool paid Newcastle United for target man Andy Carroll in 2011. Sterling has been handed the No 7 jersey, a number vacated because of James Milner’s departure the other way to Liverpool.
“Contrary to probably the last week or so in terms of what was written, Raheem and I have always remained very strong in our relationship and have been right up until we left”.
He will now face the prospect of competing with the likes of Aguero, Wilfried Bony, Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas and David Silva at the spearhead of a City side which finished a distant second to Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea last season.
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