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Raheem Sterling says goodbye as he departs for Chelsea

Raheem Sterling says goodbye as he departs for Chelsea

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Sterling waves goodbye to City

Raheem Sterling has said his goodbyes to the Man City dressing room, as Chelsea look set to lure the England international to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth £52 million. Sterling has been keen for a move to London and will make the move between the two Premier League giants this week.

Sterling moved to City in 2015 from Liverpool, and has since gone on to lift the Premier League trophy with his club. Pep Guardiola has not stood in the player's way as he heads for the Etihad Stadium exit door.

In a statement on Twitter, Sterling wrote: "Seven seasons, eleven major trophies, a lifetime of memories.

"To the coaching staff who have played a massive role in my development over the years to my team-mates who have become more than just those I share a pitch with, to the backroom staff, to the office staff, to the fans who have tirelessly supported the team and to everyone involved with Manchester City, my respect for you couldn't be greater.

"What a ride it's been.

"I am thankful for the ups and the downs as it's the downs that have, at times, tested my strength and resolve and enabled me to stand here in front of you as the best possible version of myself.

"I arrived in Manchester as a 20-year-old. Today, I leave a man. Thank you for your endless support. It's been an honour to wear the shirt of Manchester City."