Raheem Sterling takes part in his first Chelsea training session after £50m move from Man City was confirmed… as Thomas Tuchel introduces him to his new team-mates in the Los Angeles sun
- Raheem Sterling has joined Chelsea in a £50m deal from Manchester City
- Forward has become the first signing of the Todd Boehly era in west London
- England international was introduced to his new team-mates by Thomas Tuchel
- He was then seen doing running and passing drills in a group in Los Angeles
- The 27-year-old also signed autographs for fans who had turned up at session
Raheem Sterling has taken part in his first Chelsea training session just hours after his £50million move from Manchester City was confirmed.
The 27-year-old has become the first signing of the Todd Boehly era after penning a five-year deal worth more than £300,000-a-week with Thomas Tuchel’s side.
And having vowed to do his talking on the pitch in his first interview as a Blues player, the England international wasted little time in participating in his first training session under the watchful eyes of the German boss.
Raheem Sterling has taken part in his first Chelsea training session after joining from Man City
The 27-year-old wasted little time in participating in the session under the Los Angeles sun
The session took place on Wednesday under the glorious Los Angeles sun, with the Blues having flown out to California on Saturday for the start of their pre-season tour of the USA.
Before getting down to work, Sterling was introduced to his new team-mates by Tuchel.
In a video posted on the club’s official Twitter account, Tuchel said: ‘Raheem is new with us. A very warm welcome from all of us.
‘We are very happy that you are here. Have a good first training [session].’
The England international was then seen doing some running and passing drills in a group
The former Manchester City star was also seen in conversation with Reece James
He was then seen doing some running and passing drills in a group and was also pictured in conversation with fellow England international Reece James and wingers Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech.
Sterling – who spent seven years at the Etihad Stadium – also took the time before the session began to sign autographs for fans who had turned up at Drake Stadium UCLA Campus.
He could now make his first appearance in Chelsea colours in the early hours of Sunday when they take on Mexico’s Club America in Las Vegas.
If he doesn’t feature on Sunday, Sterling could make his unofficial Chelsea debut in Charlotte next Thursday or against Arsenal in the Florida Cup final the following Saturday.
He was also seen in conversation with out-of-favour winger Callum Hudson-Odoi (L)
The forward was also shown sharing a laugh with Hakim Ziyech in a video posted on Twitter
Speaking after being unveiled in LA, London-born Sterling said: ‘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.
‘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 made more than 300 appearances for Man City and won 11 major trophies but is understood to have moved for more regular first-team football.
Sterling scored 131 goals for Pep Guardiola’s men in all competitions and is their second top scorer in European football, and Mason Mount, 23, is now hoping he can bring that quality to Stamford Bridge.
Sterling also took the time before the session began to sign autographs for fans
Speaking to Sky Sports about Sterling, England and now club team-mate 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.
‘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 (left) represents the first signing of the Todd Boehly (right) era since his takeover