Meanwhile, only 9,125 voters believed Sterling should swap light blue for royal blue this summer, with many snubbing the current World Champions in their quest to become title challengers once again. That meant that 12,001 voters had Sterling to stay at City, where he has become so successful throughout his career with four Premier League titles, an FA Cup and four Carabao Cup titles.
Of course, how Sterling’s career would pan out at Chelsea is anyone’s guess given that he would likely be used in a different role to the one that he plays at the Etihad Stadium, although with Lukaku likely to depart, it would seem that Sterling would be used as an inside forward with Kai Havertz operating in a false nine role. That may have repercussions to his reputation – if the move fails to impress, many will question Sterling’s reasons as to why he left England’s most successful club over the last decade in his prime.
But with Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva all vying for spots out wide, Sterling could well be left out of the first-team picture. If he was to copy Bale’s output at Real Madrid, Sterling would be seen as an unwavering success at the Santiago Bernabeu.