Sterling to make Manchester City debut

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Recent Manchester City signing Raheem Sterling is expected to make his debut for the club against Roma this Tuesday.

Manchester City have signed Liverpool and England forward Raheem Sterling for a fee that could reach £49m. City will pay an initial £44m for the 20-year-old, making him the most expensive English player ever. Sterling had asked to leave Anfield and was the subject of two bids from City in June, both of which were rejected.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini described Sterling, who has signed a five-year deal, as “one of the best attacking players in world football”.
Sterling, who is only behind Gareth Bale on the list of most expensive British players, will wear the number seven shirt.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hinted the forward could play in the International Champions Cup match in Melbourne, Australia.

“I know him. I’ve seen him play against us for the last two seasons, but I think it’s important for him to try and have minutes with our team as soon as he can,” said Pellegrini.

The International Champions Cup (ICC) is an annual club association football friendly exhibition competition. It predominantly features club teams from Europe playing matches in the United States and occasionally Canada. This will be the first time it is played separately in Australia. Other returning international players such as England goalkeeper Joe Hart, Spain midfielder David Silva and Bosnia-Hercegovina striker Edin Dzeko could also be involved.