Raheem Sterling will be a ‘huge asset’ for Chelsea, insists Thomas Tuchel after sealing £50m move from Man City… as the German says the England star’s adventurous style of play is ‘exactly what we need’
- Chelsea have sealed a £50m switch for Raheem Sterling after leaving Man City
- Sterling has become the first signing of the Todd Boehly era this summer
- Manager Thomas Tuchel believes he is a ‘huge asset’ who can shape the team
Sterling joined Chelsea on a five-year contract from Premier League champions Manchester City on Wednesday in a deal reported to be worth up to £50million.
The 27-year-old is Chelsea’s first signing under the new ownership led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, who took over from Russian Roman Abramovich at the end of May.
Raheem Sterling is a ‘huge asset’ for Chelsea after signing from Man City, says Thomas Tuchel
Tuchel believes Sterling can help shape the team with his experience and style of play
‘He will be a huge asset for us,’ Tuchel told the BBC on Thursday. ‘Hopefully he shapes our team by just being who he is.
‘For me, he is a huge player, with a huge influence in the last years in English football and he’s in a perfect age to now take responsibility around young players that we have and be an example.’
After starting his senior career at Liverpool, Sterling moved to City in 2015 and went on to score more than 100 times for the Etihad club.
Sterling has immediately linked up with his new Chelsea team-mates on their tour of the US
He also helped City win both the league title and League Cup four times as well as one FA Cup.
‘Getting what he delivered for years given his age, his hunger for responsibility, and his style of play and his amount of intensity is outstanding,’ Tuchel added.
‘It is the benchmark in the Premier League and is exactly what we need.’
It came after Tuchel challenge new owner Boehly to bolster his squad with even more signings – despite defender Kalidou Koulibaly being set to arrive – to help him challenge Liverpool and Man City for the title.
Thomas Tuchel (right) feels Chelsea must continue to strengthen to compete for the title
‘The stakes are high and we’re competing not only against the best teams who have ever played in the Premier League but also the best coaches,’ Tuchel said in an interview with Sky Sports.
‘We come from sanctions, we come from losing top-quality players, key players, we are a club in transition, in transition of ownership, we were behind in the transfer race and we were behind in the table. So we have things to improve.
‘The signing of Raheem shows what we’re capable of doing, it shows the ambition of the club and the ownership and it’s good because we’re all here to win and compete.
‘We love to compete and we love the challenge at the very top. For that we need signings of new quality players or otherwise there’s no chance.’
Raheem Sterling has sealed a £50million switch to Chelsea, heading to Stamford Bridge after signing a five-year contract
Sterling himself couldn’t hide his excitement after being unveiled this week.
‘First and foremost, it’s a pleasure to be here,’ Sterling said after his signing was announced on Wednesday.
‘I’ve obviously achieved a lot in my career so far, but there is still so much more to achieve and I’m really looking forward to doing that in a Chelsea shirt, under Thomas (Tuchel’s) management.
‘London is my home and where it all started for me, and it’s amazing I now have the opportunity to play in front of friends and family week in, week out at Stamford Bridge. I’m really looking forward to meeting the fans there soon.’