Raheem Sterling told hell find life at Chelsea a lot harder than at Man City

Raheem Sterling has been told he could find life at Chelsea a lot tougher than he did at Manchester City.

That is the verdict from Manchester United legend Gary Neville, who reckons City's transfer window has been a strange one and the Blues might have a tough season. It has certainly been a summer to remember for new owner Todd Boehly.

The LA Dodgers owner purchased Chelsea from Roman Abramovich and has been launched straight into the transfer window before making Sterling his first signing. With one year left on his contract at the Etihad, the England international wanted a new challenge and was convinced by Thomas Tuchel to move to Stamford Bridge.

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But Neville has concerns for the 27-year-old down in London, where he believes he will find it tougher than he did at the Etihad. Speaking on the Overlap, he said: “Obviously the year left on his [Raheem Sterling’s] contract, I think City actually wanted to keep him, didn’t they?

"The Sterling and Sadio Mane ones have just surprised me a little bit because I just think if you're at Liverpool and City at the moment, and actually, they’re offering you an extension, or they would do, they want to keep you, why would you go? It's a bit, it's surprising.

“Look, he'll find it harder at Chelsea, a lot harder, because he's playing, not playing him with his familiar team.

"It's a good signing, it's a very good signing, but Chelsea I think are going to have a little bit of a bumpy season with everything that's going on. They’re not as smooth in the transfer market, they’re a little bit more clumsy.”

Sterling has been brought in to ultimately replace Romelu Lukaku, who was loaned back to Inter Milan just a year after moving to Chelsea for £97million. The former City star is not a traditional striker but Tuchel wants a more fluid front three with Kai Havertz and Mason Mount likely to complete his forward trio.

And the new arrival at the Blues has already got on the scoresheet after netting in a friendly against Udinese – albeit in fortunate circumstances. Nevertheless, Tuchel will need a reliable goalscorer going into the new season if he wants to break the stranglehold City have over the Premier League.


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