After long a running saga, it's finally over. Raheem Sterling has become the most expensive player under the age of 21 and the second most expensive British player ever after he signed for Manchester City on Tuesday.
The diminutive attacker ended his six-year association with Liverpool on a bad note
After stalling over a new contract, it was made clear by the player and his agent that they saw his future away from Liverpool.
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Step in Manchester City who made an initial offer of £25 million plus a further £5 million in add-ons, which was rejected by Liverpool. City came back with an improved bid of £40 million,which was again knocked down by Liverpool. Finally the two clubs agreed on a fee of £49 million.
Here is why I think Sterling made the right choice in joining Manchester City.
1. Manuel Pellegrini
The relationship between Sterling and Brendan Rodgers had began to sour during the former's end of Liverpool career.
Sterling had reportedly met with Rodgers on the first day of pre-season training and told the Liverpool boss he didn't want to play for him.
In Pellegrini he has a new boss, with whom he can start afresh.
2. Less Pressure
With the departure of Suarez and Sturridge struggling with injuries last season, Sterling had become the focal point of attack and lot was expected from him.
He did deliver to some extent, with seven goals and eight assists. But asking him to deliver week in and week out was too much to ask for a 20-year-old.
At Man City he will no doubt be an important member of the squad, but there are other players who can help to take the burden off him.
3. Better Players
No disrespect to Liverpool but in reality Man City have a better squad.
The likes of David Silva and Sergio Aguero are better than what Liverpool had to offer Sterling.
Playing with better players will inadvertently improve his game.
4. Training Facilities
Liverpool's training facility is by no means bad and a lot depends upon the player himself than the facilities.
But it does feel good to have a state-of-the-art training centre.
The £200m Etihad campus revealed by Man City last December is among the finest training facilities in the world.
Sterling has the best training campus, better players, a good manager and a fat pay cheque.
Now it's up to him what he wants to do with these.
With a proper attitude, he has the potential to be amongst the top players in the world.
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