Sergio Aguero has labelled Manchester City’s decision to sell Raheem Sterling as ‘strange,’ while Pep Guardiola explains the reason for the transfer.
Raheem Sterling first exploded on the Premier League stage with Liverpool, taking the club close to clinching the title in 2013/14. However, after another good season at Merseyside, he joined Manchester City in what was a controversial move at the time.
The England international enjoyed tremendous success after switching to the Etihad, winning the Premier League title four times, among other domestic trophies. His 131 goals and 94 assists in all competitions for Manchester City in over 330 games show the contributions he made to the trophy-laden spell that they enjoyed in recent years.
However, as he entered the final year of his deal, the writing was on the wall that Sterling would probably move away from the Etihad for a new challenge. Chelsea decided to test Manchester City’s resolve and secured the England international in a deal close to £50 million.
While the Chelsea fans are yet to see scintillating performances from Sterling, there are a lot of hope and expectations from him, given his reputation. The 27-year-old is expected to become a crucial part of Thomas Tuchel’s side for the coming years.
However, former Manchester City star Sergio Aguero has questioned the decision to sell Sterling. Goal quoted the former Argentine international via his Twitch channel, where he labelled the sale ‘strange.’ The club’s all-time leading goalscorer said: “I don’t understand the sale of Sterling. There are times they (City) make strange decisions.”
Many have been baffled by Manchester City’s decision to sell Sterling and strengthen a direct rival. However, Pep Guardiola has responded and explained the decision while praising the England international for his efforts at the Etihad.
Guardiola said: “There are decisions for the club and decisions for the players. I said from day one that since arriving here, you have to be where you want to be. Raheem made this explosion of something incredible and unpredictable. I saw his ambition to score more goals and assists grow. I would say the impact for the way he played and never got injured was top.”
Sterling will be in action for Chelsea when the Premier League season kicks off this week. The Blues begin their campaign with a trip to Merseyside as they take on former manager Frank Lampard’s Everton side. Fans will undoubtedly hope for an immediate impact from the England international.