Date: 14th July 2015 at 6:19pm
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Manchester City have this evening confirmed the £49million signing of Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling.

The 20 year old England international came through the Queens Park Rangers Academy ranks before moving to Anfield back in August 2010 and had been highly rated for quite a while before making his breakthrough and his debut against Wigan in March of the 2011-12 campaign.

In the remainder of that year he made a total of three appearances as his stock began to rise and he ended the 2012-13 campaign with a total of 37 appearances to his name and a return of two goals.

Leaving Liverpool, he comes to us with a career record so far of 129 appearances, 98 of which are starts, with a goal return of 23.

It’s reported by the BBC that the deal sees an upfront payment of £44million that could rise to £49million with success related add ons.

He comes in signing a five year deal and will now join the squad on their tour of Australia – he also now becomes the record fee for an English player and our record fee signing.

We have handed him the No 7 shirt for the coming 2015-16 season.

Speaking to the Official Site following the capture of the 2014 Golden Boy award winner and back to back Liverpool Young Player of the Year awards winner for 2013-14 and 2014-15, manager Manuel Pellegrini explained.

‘Raheem Sterling is one of the best attacking players in world football, and I am very much looking forward to him joining our squad out in Australia later this week. He is a young player with outstanding ability, and I am sure the Manchester City fans will be very excited about seeing him in action for the team.’

Of course with confirmation of this every pundit who likes the sound of their own voice is questioning whether we’ve signed a troulemaker, a mercenary and questioning how he will fit in with us next year and whether he’ll be a success or not.

Suppose they have to do something.

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