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Sterling bids farewell to City, edges closer to Chelsea

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (AP) – Raheem Sterling edged closer to a move to Chelsea as he bid farewell to Manchester City yesterday.

Sterling is on the cusp of completing a transfer of around GBP50 million to City’s Premier League rival and he has reportedly flown out to Los Angeles to join up with Chelsea on its preseason tour and put pen to paper on a five-year deal.

The England attacking midfielder posted an emotional message on social media, along with a video of highlights of his time at City.

“Seven seasons, 11 major trophies, a lifetime of memories,” it read. “To the coaching staff who have played a massive role in my development over the years, to my teammates 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.”

Raheem Sterling with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. PHOTO: AP