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Raheem Sterling is officially a Chelsea player after completing his transfer from Manchester City.

The England international was unveiled on Wednesday when Chelsea published images of him wearing their new home shirt while standing on Dayton Way in Los Angeles.

Sterling had flown to the West Coast to join up with his new teammates ahead of their pre-season friendlies in the States.

Chelsea are currently training in LA but will soon travel to Las Vegas to play Club America at Allegiant Stadium, before visiting Charlotte FC and then facing Arsenal in Orlando.

He told chelseafc.com:

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’s management.

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.

I do want to take the opportunity to thank Todd, Behdad, the ownership group, Thomas, and all involved in the process of getting me here.

I can’t wait to get going now and continue to do my talking on the pitch.

Todd Boehly, the owner of Chelsea, said:

Raheem Sterling is a serial winner and his signing is an important step in strengthening our squad. We are delighted for Raheem to return to London with Chelsea, and we look forward to seeing his world-class talent on display at Stamford Bridge.

By Amara

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