Raheem Sterling has broken his silence on the downfall in Chelsea’s locker room and the Blue’s troubles both on and off the pitch.
Despite spending £600 million on new players, Chelsea have dropped to 11th in the Premier League table with 39 points.
Following a £4.25 billion takeover 11 months ago, co-owner Todd Boehly’s first acquisition was Raheem Sterling.
The former Manchester City star revealed that Chelsea players are troubled despite the huge changes made to the London club.
Sterling told The Sun: ”Sometimes you have lows. I haven’t been in this situation in my career so far but I am more than up to the challenge.”
”We are disappointed when we come off the pitch and feel angry and disappointed.
“There are times when we finish a game you just sit in the changing room looking into space because you can’t understand what has just happened.”
”It’s tough to take. You are always trying to look for a positive solution.”
At least, on five different occasions, Sterling has played outside of his natural position to serve the needs of the squad.
After Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter were fired, interim manager Frank Lampard lost each of his five matches.
If Chelsea lose their Premier League clash against Arsenal on Tuesday, May 2nd, it will be their sixth consecutive defeat for the first time since 1993
Sterling reveals Chelsea Rebuild will take time like Manchester City
The 28-year-old Sterling also revealed that Chelsea’s return to the top of English football will take time.
Before his £47.5 million transfer to Stamford Bridge last summer, the winger spent seven years at Manchester City.
He claims Manchester City, where he spent seven seasons was nothing like the undisputed power it is today under Pep Guardiola.
The 28-year-old England star added: ”Consistency and structure go hand in hand and City have that in abundance.”
”My first few years at City were nothing like that. We were all over the place. They weren’t the best.”
”We had one management leave and another came in. Pep came in and, in the first season, played good football but it wasn’t there.
“But there was structure and time to implement his way, get the right players and people buying into it.”
Since joining Manchester City in 2015, Sterling’s upcoming season will mark the first without participation in the Champions League.
Who is Raheem Sterling?
Raheem Sterling was born on the 8th of December 1994.
He is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger and attacking midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea and the England national team.
Sterling’s Club Career
Before deciding to join Queens Park Rangers as a winger at age 10, Sterling played for the local youth team Alpha & Omega for four years.
Raheem Sterling passed through Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Liverpool, and Manchester City’s youth teams before rising to stardom.
A mouth-watering deal was agreed for his transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City on the 12th of July, 2015.
His transfer was worth an initial £44 million, with a further potential £5 million in add-ons, subject to personal terms and a medical, which made him the most expensive English player of all time then.
After an eighth years stint at Manchester City, Sterling signed for Chelsea on a five-year contract for a fee of £47.5 million on the 13th of July 2022.
On 6 August 2022, he made his club debut in a 1–0 away win against Everton.
Sterling has featured in 33 matches across all competitions for Chelsea this season and he scored 7 goals, including 3 assists.
Overall, in his club career, he has appeared in 523 matches in all competitions, with 169 goals scored and 133 assists.
Sterling’s International Career
Sterling was born in Jamaica and moved to England at a young age, and holds dual nationality.
He first represented England at under-16 level in November 2009 in a match against Northern Ireland.
Sterling was selected to play for England in the 2011 U-17 World Cup.
He eventually made his senior debut for England on 14 November 2012, starting in a friendly away to Sweden.
The Three Lions star has made 82 appearances for England, scoring 20 goals, with 27 assists.
Raheem Sterling won the English Footballer of the Year in 2019. He has won one FA Cup; four Premier League trophies; five Carling Cups and two Super Cups.
His Contract with Chelsea and Salary
Raheem Sterling signed a 5-year contract worth £47.5 million with Chelsea, earning £325,000 weekly; an annual average salary of £16,900,000.
In the year 2022, Sterling’s estimated salary was calculated to be around £16,900,000, while carrying a cap hit of £16,900,000.
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