Chelsea: Mason Mount, Reece James react to Raheem Sterling transfer | Football

Chelsea: Mason Mount, Reece James react to Raheem Sterling transfer | Football

Mason Mount has played with Raheem Sterling for England

Mason Mount has played with Raheem Sterling for England (Pictures: Getty)

Mason Mount and Reece James have welcomed Raheem Sterling’s arrival at Chelsea, describing the former Manchester City forward as a ‘top guy and a top player’.

On Wednesday, Chelsea confirmed they had signed England international Sterling from Premier League rivals Man City in a deal worth £50m.

The 27-year-old, who scored 131 goals in 339 games for City, has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

Sterling, who won four Premier League titles at the Etihad, is Thomas Tuchel’s first major signing since Todd Boehly bought Chelsea from Roman Abramovich.

Both Mount and James have experience of sharing a dressing room with England team-mate Sterling and believe the forward will prove to be a successful signing for Chelsea.

‘A top, top guy. Such an experienced player, top class pro,’ Mount said when asked about Sterling’s arrival in west London.

‘I’ve been lucky to play with him over the last couple of years with England where he’s captained the team at times. He’s someone who has been there for a very long time.

‘He’s a top player and I’ve learnt a lot off him over the last couple of years so for him to be joining us, he’s only going to bring our levels higher.

‘He’s definitely someone who strives for high levels to win and that’s what we want. We want those players around this group, very excited for him to be here.

‘We’ve lost a few that are leaders and he’s coming in and will be someone that will lead, a big presence in the group, a big personality. Hopefully we can win some things together.’

Blues defender James added: ‘He can be quiet and he can be loud as well but he’s great to be around and a top guy off the pitch. He will bring good energy.

‘On the pitch I don’t really need to talk too much about what he does. He’s been at the top of the Premier League for the past 10 years and he’s won a number of titles so hopefully he can help bring some special moments to us as well.

‘It’s a very exciting signing. He’s not a player that has no experience or hasn’t won any trophies. He’s scored a number of goals and a number of assists so at the end of the day he’s won trophies in one of the biggest leagues in football.

‘Playing against him is a nightmare so I’m pretty happy that he’s here now and I don’t need to play against him anymore!’

Sterling, meanwhile, says he is hungry to win more titles at Chelsea after ending his hugely successful spell with Manchester City and joining Tuchel’s squad.

Raheem Sterling of Manchester City reacts during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Manchester City and Atl??tico Madrid at City of Manchester Stadium on April 5, 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Sterling won four Premier League titles at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)

He 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’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.

‘I do want to take the opportunity to thank Todd, Behdad, the ownership group, Thomas, and all involved in the process of getting me here.

‘I can’t wait to get going now and continue to do my talking on the pitch.’

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