Raheem Sterling told 'turn down Chelsea if you want to win trophies next season'


Manchester City's Raheem Sterling in action during training at Manchester City Football Academy on April 1, 2022 in Manchester, England.

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has once again been linked with a move away, but he has been told to avoid Chelsea if he 'wants to win trophies next season'.

Former City star David James has urged Sterling to 'turn down' Chelsea at all costs if he wishes to keep up his trophy-winning success, amid rumours that they could be eyeing the England forward. Chelsea are in the market for a new attacker this summer, and following their £4.25billion takeover, Thomas Tuchel is expected to be given a healthy transfer budget.

The consortium led by American businessmen Todd Boehly is reported to be targeting 'A-list signings' to kick off a new era, according to the MailOnline. But Sterling has been warned by James that he shouldn't be one of them, despite his City frustration.


Speaking to GGRecon, James said: "The easy answer is, stay at City! First of all you’re going to have an opportunity to win trophies. He gets the game time, as I say, with the rotation, Raheem’s one of those 24, 25 league appearance players.

"You’re going to get enough regular time in a successful side. It’s going to be a little bit congested before the World Cup but within that you’re going to get enough game time, and enough rest I would argue, to be fresher for a World Cup.

"With regards to Chelsea, this is a testament to how well Raheem Sterling has done, linking him to Real Madrid and Chelsea; the two massive European champions in recent years. Manchester City, Chelsea, or Real Madrid wouldn’t do Raheem Sterling any harm for playing in the World Cup.

"You do question, given how soon the World Cup is, and what can happen with a move – like with Manchester to London, for example – there might not be the external adjustment that could affect form. He’s an experienced player so you would like to think that he would handle that.

"If there is a move and it is to Chelsea or Real Madrid, it shouldn’t be a problem for Raheem. He’s more than capable of doing the performances on the field. It’s a pat on the back for Raheem."

Sterling continues to be used sparingly by Pep Guardiola, and it is thought that the 27-year-old could move elsewhere to guarantee game time away from City. But trophies may be hard to come by, especially when City are up there with the best teams in England.


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