Raheem Sterling is reportedly determined to remain at Chelsea next season and revitalize his career under incoming manager Mauricio Pochettino. According to talkSPORT, the 28-year-old winger has pledged his commitment to the Blues despite an underwhelming debut campaign following his £49 million move from Manchester City last summer.
Sterling, one of the marquee signings expected to usher in a new era at Stamford Bridge, has struggled to replicate his Premier League form in west London. The England international was heavily booed when introduced as a 63rd-minute substitute against Bournemouth last weekend.
While Sterling has provided an assist for on-loan Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix and scored in the 3–0 win over Leicester City in early March, that strike represented just his fourth goal in 35 appearances across all competitions this term. The paltry return highlights why the former City star ranks as Chelsea’s second-highest scorer behind Felix in a disastrous campaign for the club’s misfiring attack.
By his own high standards, Sterling’s performances have been lackluster, to say the least. However, talkSPORT reports that the player is committed to Chelsea and determined to play a role in the side’s planned squad overhaul this summer. The Blues have bloated their ranks with expensive acquisitions over the past two transfer windows, spending over £600 million on new talent as a result.
Chelsea remain without a permanent manager after sacking Graham Potter in August but are tipped to soon announce Pochettino as their new head coach. Sterling is said to be excited by the prospect of working under the ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain boss.
The Blues currently sit 11th in the Premier League table with four matches remaining and are in danger of recording their worst finish since 1993. Evaluating how best to utilize Sterling will be one of the first tasks facing Pochettino if, as expected, he takes charge at Stamford Bridge.
Felix, meanwhile, is due to return to parent club Atletico when his loan expires on the final day of the season, potentially leaving Chelsea short of attacking options next term.