Raheem Sterling’s switch from Liverpool to Manchester City was one of the biggest transfer sagas of last summer – and now the England international has revealed the moment when he knew that his time at Anfield was up.
The winger moved down the M62 for a staggering £49 million earlier this year in a move that proved just how highly the youngster is rated. As quoted by the Daily Mail, Sterling relives a routine drive into Melwood for a Liverpool pre-season training session in July that was interrupted by a phone call from former manager Brendan Rodgers.
The 20-year-old answered “Morning gaffer, just on the way into training,” before his the Ulsterman
responded with a sentence that confirmed his next career move: “Okay, come into training but you're not coming on tour; we've accepted a bid.”
That July morning was the culmination of a soap opera that commenced six months previously when Rodgers announced to the world that Sterling had rejected a ‘wonderful deal’ to extend his stay with the Reds.
From that point the wheels were set in motion for the starlet to find a new club. However, Sterling has admitted that – up until that fate-sealing phone call – he was willing to travel with Liverpool on their pre-season tour, which would indicate that he was willing to stay on Merseyside, even if it was
only until his contract ran down.
Nevertheless, he has now started to make a name for himself in a world-class Manchester City frontline that also includes David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.
Six goals in all competitions already has shown that he can hold his own, and his personal development will undoubtedly benefit more greatly from being surrounded by such high quality players.
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