Raheem Sterling gets Chelsea fans onside early by REFUSING to sign a Manchester City shirt while on Blues’ pre-season tour in America… just days after leaving the Etihad for Stamford Bridge
- New Chelsea signing Raheem Sterling has won over his new fanbase early on
- Sterling was signing autographs when presented with a Manchester City shirt
- The forward paused before refusing to sign the shirt and moving onto others
- The 27-year-old joined Chelsea from City for £50million just four days ago
In a new video, Sterling can be seen signing autographs and posing for photos with supporters eager to gain a glimpse of Chelsea’s star signing.
When one spectator presented the England forward with a City shirt to sign, Sterling paused briefly before ignoring the garment and moving on for more photos.
Cheers could be heard from the Chelsea fans in attendance – Sterling clearly pleasing the Blues supporters with his rejection just days after his move from City.
Raheem Sterling was signing shirts and posing for photos with Chelsea fans out in America
The England forward joined the Blues from Manchester City for £50million earlier this week
Chelsea are currently in the US for their pre-season tour and got their preparation for the new Premier League season underway with a 2-1 victory over Club America in the early hours of this morning.
Timo Werner and Mason Mount were on the scoresheet and, despite a comical own goal from Reece James, the Blues got their tour off to the ideal start.
Sterling was the only player engaging with fans in the video, which now has nearly 90,000 views on TikTok and over one million views on Twitter.
Fans reacted to the video on Reddit, with some mocking Chelsea flop Romelu Lukaku, who expressed his desire to return to former club Inter Milan while still a Chelsea player last season.
Sterling made over 300 appearances for City during his seven-year stay in Manchester
Sterling was new owner Todd Boehly’s (left) first signing since taking over the club in May
His relationship with fans and the club deteriorated, and the Belgian did rejoin Inter on loan earlier this window.
One user commented: ‘Lukaku would have signed, put it on and kiss[ed] the badge’, and received 17 upvotes for the gag.
Others questioned the motive and rules behind the exchange, with one user asking: ‘Why do people keep doing this to players that have just transferred? Is it just for the clicks the video will get?’
Another commented: ‘I’m not sure if players are allowed to sign merchandise that isn’t that of their employers.’
Chelsea will continue their tour when they face Charlotte on Thursday morning at the Bank of America Stadium.