Raheem Sterling has confirmed the reason why he decided to leave Manchester City and join Chelsea.
The English forward became the first signing of the Todd Boehly era at the London club when he completed his move to the Blues after they paid City a reported £47.5 million (R940 million) fee for his services.
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The winger was widely linked with an exit from the Etihad after Pep Guardiola's side broke the British transfer record for Jack Grealish in 2021, buying him from Aston Villa for £100 million (R1.9 billion).
While Sterling was not exactly starved of minutes in the 2021/22 campaign, he was often rotated by Guardiola over the course of the season, and this was said to have unsettled the Jamaican-born player.
In a recent press conference, Sterling admitted that first-team action played a role in his decision to leave the Citizens.
"I just felt my time at City was getting limited on playing time for different reasons," the 27-year-old explained, per the Daily Express.
"I couldn't afford to waste more time.
"When I look back in the future, I didn't want to see a rise and then a decline. A fresh challenge was to be made.
"Since 17, I've been regularly starting.
"When getting to a peak time, not playing as regular wasn't something I would accept.
"I always try to fight and change the scenario, but it didn't come and that was it."
It understood the forward is now earning £300 000 (R5.9 million), with bonuses and performance incentives taken into consideration, a week in London.
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