Excited Raheem Sterling comments on City switch, has message for Brendan Rodgers

Raheem Sterling has commented after his transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling has made his first comments after quitting Liverpool for Manchester City, speaking to the club's official website.

The winger said he was glad the transfer saga was over, with his £49 million transfer complete, becoming City's record signing.

He also had kind words of thanks for three men who were key in his Liverpool career, including Brendan Rodgers.

Sterling told Manchester City's official website: "I’m just glad it’s all over and done with and I can’t wait to get on the training field.

I’d like to thank Rafa Benitez for taking me to Liverpool as a 15 year-old – that was a massive step for me and a new challenge. Also to Kenny Dalglish for showing such faith in me and putting me in at such a young age.

“I want to thank Brendan Rodgers for giving me a chance and an opportunity in the first team, giving me my full debut – against City funnily enough – and giving me a real chance to cement a place in the first team and show the world my talents."

Sterling also went onto thank his agent Aidy Ward, who was instrumental in forcing his controversial switch away from Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers had denied, speaking to The Mirror, reports of a breakdown in relationship between himself and Sterling into the final months of the season, and even if there was, both manager and player are doing well not to drag it out any further, and both go their separate ways.

Liverpool have begun their pre-season tour of Asia, starting with a 4-0 win on Tuesday, and for better or worse, the spirit in the camp seems as happy as Sterling is at City, which after months of bitterness on both sides, has to be good news all round.

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