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Raheem Sterling claims leaving Liverpool for Manchester City has improved him

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Raheem Sterling has no regrets over his decision to leave Liverpool for Manchester City and believes he has improved as a player since completing his controversial £49 million summer transfer.

The 20-year-old, who was speaking ahead of England’s international friendlies against Spain and France, hinted the calibre of players is significantly higher at the Etihad Stadium compared to Anfield.

That Manchester City are currently joint top of the Premier League table, nine points clear of tenth-placed Liverpool, has also justified the talented winger’s decision to leave the Reds.

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"I go into training every day and see the players of that calibre that I am work with - like Vinny (Kompany), Sergio (Aguero), David (Silva), Joe (Hart),” Sterling was quoted as saying by the Mirror.

"There is only one thing you can do and that is improve with players like that, who have been around for many years and achieving stuff.

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"I'm happy to be top of the league and I've scored in some important games. We've got a good bunch of lads there who've helped me settle in really well.

"I am just happy to be in a squad like that and hopefully I can continue my development and win trophies in the future with the football club."

Sterling: I made the right decision

Sterling was kind enough to Liverpool a “big club” but believes he made the right decision to leave the Reds.

"I did what I thought was right at the time for me and my heart was saying that is what I should do,” the England ace added. "It's what I have done and I have no regrets.

"They are both two big football clubs and I am just happy to be where I am and I am happy with my development at this moment in time. I want to continue my development and win trophies.”

Sterling did the best thing for his career

Sterling was criticised by Liverpool fans for chasing the money, but it seems the player genuinely felt that he stood a better chance of winning trophies under Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City.

Liverpool ended last season on a whimper - losing in the FA Cup semi-finals to Aston Villa and being thrashed 6-1 by Stoke City in the Premier League - and Sterling clearly felt it was in his best interests to get out while he could.

The pressure on Sterling to sign a new contract from the likes of Brendan Rodgers and club legends such as Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher may have also contributed to his decision to leave Anfield.

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