Raheem Sterling makes shocking revelation about Manchester City exit

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Chelsea winger Raheem Sterling has revealed he was not happy with the manner of his Manchester City exit, but feels no form of resent towards the club.

The former City star admits he was left fuming and raging at the way he left the Etihad Stadium, and eventually joined rivals Chelsea for about £50 million after finding his position at the club untenable.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Leeds United on Sunday afternoon, Sterling however did admit that he was unhappy with how his exit from City played out.

“Everyone wants to feel wanted, football is no different,” he explained. “When you play your heart out, sacrifice some of your kids’ birthdays, and then get treated in a certain way, it’s disappointing.

“At the time I was fuming, raging, but it’s gone, it’s in the past and I can only focus on the present, which is now, here at Chelsea, and the opportunity I’ve got here to go out and showcase my talents once again…

“Misunderstandings, contracts running down. It was a shame to see how it ended in the end because I had such a great time there.

“A lot of things came into play, a lot of reasons, but I wasn’t complaining, I was ready to challenge and, as you can see, even with some of the performances I put in, you couldn’t guarantee yourself a place so it just didn’t make sense to fight a battle you can never win…”

He then added: “As a player you always want to do your best and help your team, but when you don’t think things are going fairly, it’s always a disappointment.

“If you are not happy playing your football you’ve got to look at other options to get that happiness back, and that’s exactly what I have done. It was the right time for me to move on. I wouldn’t stay part of something I knew I couldn’t give my all in.”