Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola warned he has made a big mistake this summer

Raheem Sterling Manchester City
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been warned he is losing a quality and mature player in Raheem Sterling to Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Asmir Begovic, who played 19 times for Chelsea between 2015 and 2017, believes Sterling’s versatility makes him an extremely valuable addition to any team.

Begovic said: “He’s incredibly versatile, but it goes to show a high quality player when they mature; their game improves on so many different levels, and he can hurt you in so many different ways.

“He scores goals; he can face you up; he runs in behind. That’s why he’s so valuable.

“Someone like Gareth Southgate swears by him and loves having him in his team no matter what because he knows he can use him in big games. He scores big goals.

“He’s an incredibly talented player, a mature player and someone who is going to bring high quality to any team.

“When you look at Raheem, he came onto the scene as a youngster, and he showed quality at a really young age, and he was really productive at a young age. He’s matured into one heck of a player. He has so much quality.

“When he first came on, he had raw speed; he still has that now, but he’s a really quality player with really good, really intelligent movement.

“He makes really good, really intelligent runs, and he’s always a pain for defenders because he’s always playing on the last shoulder, trying to get in behind and trying to cause trouble.”

“At the same time, he can do things in front of you and link up play, play as a No.10 if you want. He’s a really, really high quality player, and that sticks out for me. There’s been a maturity and evolution in his game where he can do all these different things.”

Sterling made 337 appearances for Manchester City in all competitions, scoring 131 goals and laying out 94 assists. He also lifted 11 trophies, including four Premier League titles, four EFL Cups and an FA Cup.