Rio Ferdinand has defended Raheem Sterling after criticism over his move Chelsea In the current summer transfer season, worth 50 million pounds.
The winger made the first signing of the Todd Boley era on Wednesday afternoon as the Blues look to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool.
In comments published by the English newspaper “Daily Mail”, Ferdinand said: “You know what goes through my head when there is a split opinion about him (Sterling), I don’t understand it.”
He added: “He was in the right team in the Premier League last season, he’s the young player of the year, he did everything he could in a Manchester City shirt, the only thing he didn’t do was win the Champions League.”
“But nobody at Manchester City is doing that, so that’s the way it is.”
to achieve Sterling Double figures in all competitions in the eight seasons he spent at City, including 31 goals in the 2019-20 season.
The striker has helped Pep Guardiola’s side lift four Premier League titles in Manchester, although the England international has seen his influence on the team slip in recent years.
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Sterling was on the bench for both legs of the Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid last season, while he was also a substitute in the last league game of the season against Aston Villa.
However, Ferdinand has some doubts about what the striker will bring to Thomas Tuchel’s side.
He continued: “We can talk about his skill, we can talk about his pace, we can talk about his goals and achievements, but is an England player who has achieved what he has achieved still questionable?”
And he continued: “He had the most matches and the second most goals under Pep Guardiola and you see there are people who say (he needs to score more, he doesn’t score enough) and what do you say? He’s already doing it.”
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