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Sterling joins Chelsea in $59m deal

England forward Raheem Sterling has joined Chelsea on a five-year contract from Manchester City in a deal worth 50 million pounds ($59.60 million).

According to Reuters, Sterling becomes Chelsea’s first signing under the new ownership led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, who officially took over from Roman Abramovich at the end of May.

The 27-year-old played 47 games in all competitions for City last season, scoring 17 times and providing nine assists.

“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,” Sterling told the club website.

“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,” Sterling added.

After starting his senior career with Liverpool, Sterling moved to City in July 2015 and established himself as a regular in the Manchester club’s frontline, netting 131 times in 339 games for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Writing by Muzha Kucha