Sterling's arrival will take Chelsea to new heights, says Mount
Raheem Sterling’s arrival at Chelsea will take the club’s levels to new heights, insists Mason Mount… with England midfielder backing new signing to become leader under Thomas Tuchel after £50m move
- Raheem Sterling has returned to London by signing five-year deal with Chelsea
- He spent seven years at Manchester City, winning 11 major trophies with them
- The 27-year-old leaves City as City’s second top scorer in European football
- Mason Mount is now hoping he can bring that quality to Stamford Bridge
Raheem Sterling will raise the levels at Chelsea after completing a stunning £50million move from Manchester City, insists England team-mate Mason Mount.
The London-raised 27-year-old has returned to the capital to pen a five-year deal worth more than £300,000-a-week with Thomas Tuchel’s side.
He spent seven years at the Etihad following a £50m switch from Liverpool, making more than 300 appearances and winning 11 major trophies but is understood to have moved for more regular first-team football.
Raheem Sterling will raise the levels at Chelsea after completing his move from Man City
That is the view of England and now club team-mate Mason Mount (L) following his unveiling
Sterling leaves City having scored 131 goals for them in all competitions and as their second top scorer in European football, and Mount, 23, is now hoping he can bring that quality to Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Sky Sports about Sterling, Mount said: ‘Top, top guy. Obviously such an experienced player and a top-class professional.
‘I have been lucky to play with him over the last couple of years with England, where he has captained the team at times.
‘He is someone who has been there for a very long time. He is a top player and I have learnt a lot off him over the last couple of years.
Sterling (L) represents the first signing of the Todd Boehly (right) era since his takeover
‘For him to be joining us is only going to bring our levels higher. He is definitely someone who strives for high levels and win.
‘We want those players around this group and we want to keep striving for that. I am very excited to see him and for him to be here.’
Sterling becomes the first signing of the Tood Boehly era in west London in a summer for the Blues which has already seen them lose experienced defenders Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
But Mount has backed Sterling to provide that know-how in the Chelsea dressing room next season.
Asked about if Sterling will be a leader at Chelsea, Mount added: ‘Definitely. We have lost a few that are leaders.
Mount has backed Sterling to replace Antonio Rudiger (R) as a dressing room leader
‘He is coming in and will definitely be someone that is gonna lead and be a big presence and personality within the group.
‘Hopefully we can win some things together.’
Sterling meanwhile vowed to do his talking on the pitch, saying after being unveiled in Los Angeles, where Chelsea are currently on tour: ‘First and foremost, it’s a pleasure to be here.
‘I’ve obviously achieved a lot in my career so far, but there is still so much more to achieve and I’m really looking forward to doing that in a Chelsea shirt, under Thomas (Tuchel’s) management.
Kalidou Koulibaly is set to take a private yet to Los Angeles to undergo his medical on Thursday
‘London is my home and where it all started for me, and it’s amazing I now have the opportunity to play in front of friends and family week in, week out at Stamford Bridge. I’m really looking forward to meeting the fans there soon.’
Sterling also hailed the club’s new American owners and manager, adding: ‘I can’t wait to get going now and continue to do my talking on the pitch.’
Sterling’s arrival is expected to be followed by the signing of centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly in a £34m deal from Napoli, with the Senegalese due to fly to the United States on Wednesday night to complete a medical.
The Blues are also closing in on Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina in an £8m deal plus add-ons, but the 18-year-old is expected to be loaned back to the MLS side for next season.
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