Raheem Sterling claims he was ‘furious’ at the treatment he received by Manchester City during the end of his career at the Etihad before leaving for Chelsea.
The England international left Heaven after seven years at the club to join the Blues in a £47.5m deal.
The current Chelsea player spoke to Sky Network about the anger he felt over the treatment of City, and also about his preference to leave the Blues because of their wonderful way of negotiating with him
Speaking to Sky, Sterling said: “Everyone wants to feel wanted, football is no different.”
He continued: “At the time I was angry, but it was gone, it was in the past and I can only focus on the present, and it is now, here at Chelsea, and the opportunity here for me is to go out and showcase my talents again.”
Asked about the factors that prompted his exit from the union, Sterling explained: “Misunderstanding, contracts are running out, it was a shame to see how it ended in the end because I had a great time there
“As a player you always want to do your best and help your team, but when you don’t think things are going fairly, it’s always frustrating.”
And he added: “If you are not happy to play football, then you should consider other options to restore that happiness, and that is exactly what I did. It was the right time for me to move on. I would not remain a part of something I knew I couldn’t give all I had
“It (City) is a great club that has won a lot of trophies and helped develop my business a lot in the last two years, but there comes a time when you have to think about yourself, what is best for you and what you want for the future. That is the only reason I am here at Chelsea.” .
Rahim made it clear that he appreciated the way the Blues dealt with him to sign the England international and obtain his services at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “It was their intention to sign me, I wasn’t listening to promises, I was watching the events and I think that was one of the factors that made me really think about joining, the way they showed me and how important the role I can play here.”
“Looking back at what they achieved here in the last two years, the finals they missed and the new owner taking charge, it’s a team that’s always competing on all fronts and I knew they would get better. I didn’t need to make another choice.”