Raheem Sterling doesn't deserve criticism, says Manuel Pellegrini

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling phoned in sick on two days at the start of pre-season at Liverpool

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling does not deserve criticism over his move from Liverpool, according to his club manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Sterling, 20, became the most expensive British transfer after City paid £49m to sign the England international.

"He has settled in very well. He wants to come here and wants to have new challenges," said Pellegrini.

City begin their Premier League campaign at West Brom on Monday at 20:00 BST.

Sterling told Liverpool shortly before his move that he did not want to go on their pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia. He then missed two days of training on Merseyside, calling the club to say he was ill.

"He is working very well and it is easy for good players to settle in a good team," added Chilean Pellegrini. "I think we are going to have a very successful player this year."

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