Latest Raheem Sterling Chelsea transfer stance after Leicester horror show and backlash

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Not for the first time in recent weeks, Mauricio Pochettino has been booed by Chelsea fans. His side have also felt the full force of disappointment, long-term resentment, and anger from the supporters both home and away.

On Sunday against Leicester it truly turned personal. Frustration had already grown in the first half after Raheem Sterling’s initial miss from the penalty spot – something exacerbated by his poor record from 12 yards as well as Cole Palmer’s excellent one.

The 29-year-old then had a chance to atone for that error just minutes later when running through on goal. As his shot slid past the post, there were loud jeers from around Stamford Bridge.

As is natural with Sterling, someone who remains a high-volume player, he went on to assist Palmer shortly after again, doubling the lead and setting up what looked to be a comfortable second 45. At that stage it didn’t feel like mutiny was on the cards but this Chelsea side can never be predicted.

Yet another disastrous start to the second period left Stamford Bridge venting towards the club’s highest-paid player and the manager. Outside of boos at half-time and full-time, it was the biggest indication of serious unrest at SW6 yet, although the 2-2 draw to Brentford two weeks ago set the precedent for what has followed.

Sterling, within that, continues to divide opinion. On one hand, he is the club’s third top scorer for the season and does still come up with some important contributions – only last month he opened the scoring at Manchester City. On the other, he plays more than most others and is starting to be seriously challenged by the increasingly dangerous Mykhailo Mudryk.

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Whatever the reason for Sterling’s general unpopularity throughout his career, his signing has always grated with some from the terraces, and especially online. In a team of inexperienced players he is expected to be the shining light and example, but that has not been the case as far as actions go.

It has led to many calling for him to leave come the summer. Notwithstanding the three years remaining on his contract, as well as his age, salary, and poor form, it remains unlikely. understands that the winger is committed to the club despite recent links with a move to Saudi Arabia. He has no intention of leaving, as was reported earlier this month, and is backing himself to prove the doubters wrong.

He certainly has the support of his manager, who continually defends the England star. “Someone told me [that Sterling was booed against Leeds United last week] but I didn’t hear it,” Pochettino said in a press conference last month. “I have only been here nine months, I don’t understand why that happens.

“It is difficult to know why exactly. [Sterling] is fully committed to Chelsea, is doing well and he is always very committed. He is one of the players who is at 99 per cent of training sessions. Always training and always available. Sometimes he is good, sometimes not so good – like all players.”

After the Leicester win he added: “I think I cannot hide nothing. You know, I think you are like me that the feelings weren’t good for him and, but I’m going to support him and we are all we are going to. I think he was great, today is a great opportunity to support, to support him.

“He has an unbelievable CV, like a player he has played in a big teams, experienced player, of course, today missed the penalty and some chances. But look, I think I am happy with him and we are going to support and I see the chances we have, I think the chances to show that we are building something because I think we are going to support him and for sure we are going to get the lead on the game that he needs to help the team.

“And of course, and that is my decision like always, you know, to play with 11 players and choose my players. Always talking about my feelings and the performance, always doing the best for the for the team and for the club and of course for the fans and of course it is keep going, being strong and believing in the, in the way that we are doing the things.”

Sterling took to social media afterwards to reiterate his stance. “To all the Chelsea fans, apologies for the Penalty miss,” he wrote. “I’ll be back 10x times stronger to help the team win and continue to keep fighting for the badge every single day [blue heart emojis] Let’s Go Blues.”

Sterling’s teammates joined him in the comments with words of support. He appeared to be lacking confidence on the field on Sunday despite trying to take matters into his own hands – literally in the case of taking the ball from Palmer for the penalty.

It was his choice to hit a close-range free-kick in the second half at goal after Callum Doyle’s red card that drew the biggest cries from the stands. Sterling’s effort was wayward and drew loud boos and jeers. Pochettino was then targetted when Mudryk was removed instead of Sterling shortly after.

The former Liverpool man is trying to get himself back in the thinking under Gareth Southgate having once more been left out of the England squad ahead of Euro 2024. His place at the tournament is now extremely doubtful.

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