Chelsea has confirmed the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City. The contract is set to be a permanent deal until 2027. Chelsea agreed on a transfer worth up to £50 million with additional add-ons.
In the Maverley neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica, Sterling was born and raised. He attributes his distinctive racing style to his mother, Nadine Clarke, a former Jamaican national team athlete. When Sterling was only two years old, his father was assassinated in Jamaica. Having moved to London with his mother when he was five years old, he went to the Copland School in Wembley, north-west London. Sterling spent three years at Vernon House, a specialized school in Neasden, due to behavioral issues.
At the age of 10, Sterling joined Queens Park Rangers as a winger after spending four years with Alpha & Omega, a local youth team. Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Liverpool, and Manchester City’s academies were all interested in signing Sterling. His mother, on the other hand, urged him to avoid going to clubs in the neighborhood in order to avoid London’s aggressive gang culture.
Liverpool bought Raheem Sterling from Queens Park Rangers’ academy in February 2010 for an initial sum of £450,000, which could rise to £2 million depending on how many appearances he made in the first team.
In 2015, it has been rumored that Liverpool have offered Raheem Sterling a new contract worth £100,000 per week, but Brendan Rodgers has declared that the club is “definitely not going to go way, way above what a player is worth at this stage of their career.”. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers stated on 20 March, however, that the issue of Raheem Sterling’s contract would not be settled until at least the summer.
An initial £44 million contract was struck with Manchester City on July 12, 2015, which would make him the most expensive English footballer in history if personal terms and a physical were met. Sterling signed a five-year contract with Manchester City on July 14. In a 3–0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on August 10th, he made his City debut. Sterling’s first competitive goal for Manchester City came in a 2–0 victory over Watford at the City of Manchester Stadium 19 days after his move from Liverpool. City defeated Bournemouth 5–1 on October 17th, with Sterling scoring his first professional hat-trick.