Raheem Sterling said he was “furious and furious” on his Manchester City exit but “couldn’t be in a happier place” at Chelsea.
Sterling, 27, left Manchester for London in July, ending his seven-season stint at the Etihad as a four-time Premier League winner.
The England international became the first signing of Todd Boehly’s ownership era in a £47.5million deal, but didn’t leave City under the best of circumstances.
Sterling’s deal with Pep Guardiola’s side was due to expire in 2023 but he suggested the lack of an extension was not up to him.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I couldn’t be in a happier place right now, of course back then I was pissed, pissed off, all that stuff.
“But it’s gone, it’s in the past, like I said, I can only focus on the present which is now, here at Chelsea, the opportunity I have here to come out and show again my talents, so it’s a blessing in disguise.
“It’s another challenge and it’s a challenge that I know I’ll look back on my football career and be like ‘yeah, I’ve taken up the torch’ and I can be happy with myself after my career. “
Sterling, who has managed 131 goals in 339 games for City, was asked about the end of his time at the club and was happy to open up about it.
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“Misunderstandings, like everything, contracts running out and it was a shame how it ended up in the end because I had a great time there,” admitted.
“As a player you always want to do your best and help your team and when you think things aren’t going well it’s disappointing.
“A lot of things came into play, a lot of reasons, but I wasn’t complaining, I was up for the challenge and as you can see even with some of the performances I put in you couldn’t not guarantee you a spot so it made no sense to fight a battle you can never win.
“If you’re not happy playing football, you have to look at other options to get that happiness back, and that’s exactly what I did.
“It was a good time for me to move on. I wouldn’t be part of something that I knew I couldn’t give my all to.
“This [City] It’s a fantastic club, it’s a club that wins a lot of trophies, it’s a club that has helped my development massively over the last two years.
“But there comes a time when you have to think about yourself, what’s best for you and what you want for the future. That’s the only reason I’m here.
Sterling was then asked if part of it was about feeling undesired like in any job and agreed, saying: “Yeah that’s literally it, and I think football n is no different.
“Especially when you’re playing your heart out, sacrificing some of your kids’ birthdays, stuff like that, and then to be treated a certain way, it’s disappointing, but like I said, it’s not one that I’m gonna sit here and complain, I’m just gonna move on and get on with it.
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