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Sterling moves to City – for all the right reasons?

I kind of have sympathy for Raheem Sterling. sterl

Well, as close to sympathy as you can get for a 20 year-old who turned down a 100,000 per week contract.

Imagine the sort of money filthy-rich Manchester City will pay the winger following his move to the Etihad Stadium.

City and Liverpool have agreed to a $49 million deal for the England international, who has spent most of the Summer trying to orchestrate a move away from Anfield.

Now, subject to passing a medical, it looks like Sterling will get his wish.

Of course, the vast majority of Reds’ fans aren’t happy with Sterling, who turned down a lucrative deal to stay with Liverpool, before stating his desire to leave the club.

Former captain Steven Gerrard said that he was ‘disappointed’ with Sterling, and former player Jamie Carragher has also been critical of the youngster. carrgerr

It’s understandable. The way the Jamaica-born player has gone about getting his move has painted him in a rather unflattering light.

The cynics will say the move is motivated purely by money and greed, and that his actions have shown a lack of loyalty and disrespected a proud club.

But the player himself has always affirmed that his desire to play his football away from Anfield is driven by a hunger for trophies.

Surely that’s fair enough?

Manchester City has won the Premier League twice in the last four years, as well as finishing 2nd in 2013 and last season. There have been two FA Cup finals since 2011, too, with one successful trip to Wembley, and the League Cup was added to City’s trophy cabinet in 2014.

Meanwhile, a solitary League Cup triumph in 2012 is the only trophy Liverpool have won since 2006.

Sterling will have Champions League football to look forward to for City as well next season, while Liverpool will be involved in Thursday night Europa League action.

As much as Liverpool fans won’t like hearing it, Manchester City is, for now at least, a step up for Sterling.

So why not switch clubs? His soon to be former manager, Brendan Rodgers, called him ‘the best young player in European football’ in April last year, so shouldn’t he be plying his trade at the highest level?

If your boss heaped praise on you like that, wouldn’t you think that you were deserving of a promotion? And if you get a pay rise with it too, would you turn it down? No, didn’t think so.

Now for the loyalty issue. Raheem_Sterling

Well, Sterling grew up in London, not Merseyside, so Liverpool probably doesn’t have a place in his heart the same way it does for Gerrard, for example.

As a side note, let’s not forget that Gerrard himself handed in a transfer request in 2004.

Realistically, in a time of absurd transfer fees and player wages, not to mention agents and their fees, there is fast becoming no place in football for loyalty.

It hasn’t been the most mature or kindest way to leave a club. The BBC interview was cringeworthy. Missing training over the last week and not going with his team mates on their US tour borders on unprofessional.
But Sterling’s motive for the move does seem to be more about personal success than money.

I can’t blame him for leaving Liverpool, players careers are short and they are a long time retired.

At least when Sterling does hang up his boots, which is some way off yet, he won’t have any regrets.

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