Chelsea have announced the signing of Raheem Sterling from Man City for a £47.5m fee. The player joins on a 5-year contract and will earn £310,000-a-week.

The 27-year-old was a priority target for the Blues this summer, who were looking to revamp their attack under Thomas Tuchel following a mixed season up front.

Sterling’s arrival will cushion the blow of Romelu Lukaku’s departure following his loan to Inter, and fulfills the forward’s desire to find more playing time ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Speaking on the move and returning to London to play for the Blues, Sterling said: ‘First and foremost, it’s a pleasure to be here.

‘I’ve obviously achieved a lot in my career so far, but there is still so much more to achieve and I’m really looking forward to doing that in a Chelsea shirt, under Thomas’s management. 

‘London is my home and where it all started for me, and it’s amazing I now have the opportunity to play in front of friends and family week in, week out at Stamford Bridge. I’m really looking forward to meeting the fans there soon. 

‘I do want to take the opportunity to thank Todd, Behdad, the ownership group, Thomas, and all involved in the process of getting me here. 

‘I can’t wait to get going now and continue to do my talking on the pitch.’ 

Todd Boehly, chairman and co-controlling owner, said, ‘Raheem Sterling is a serial winner and his signing is an important step in strengthening our squad. We are delighted for Raheem to return to London with Chelsea, and we look forward to seeing his world-class talent on display at Stamford Bridge.’

City signed Sterling from Liverpool in a £49m deal in 2015. He went on to score 131 goals in 339 games, winning four Premier League titles.

The England forward issued a heartfelt goodbye message to his former team-mates and the club’s staff and fans on his social media account.

“I arrived in Manchester a 20-year-old. Today, I leave as a man,” said Sterling.

“Seven seasons, 11 major trophies, a lifetime of memories.”

Capped 77 times by England, Sterling will become Chelsea’s first major signing since the Todd Boehly-led takeover.

He added: “I am thankful for the ups and downs, as it’s the downs that have tested my strength and resolve and enable me to stand here in front of you as the best possible version of myself.”

The 27-year-old forward scored 13 goals in 30 Premier League appearances last season as he won his fourth league title, his 11th major honour in seven seasons with City.

The addition of Sterling could well open the floodgates for a host of arrivals at Stamford Bridge with agreement already reached for Kalidou koulibaly and Nathan Ake also almost certain to rejoin the blues from City.

Sterling will now link up with the Chelsea squad who flew out for their pre-season tour to the United States on Saturday.

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