Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has admitted he thought Raheem Sterling ‘would be a d*ckhead’ upon his arrival at Manchester City.
Both players moved to the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2015, as De Bruyne arrived from Wolfsburg for £55m and Sterling came from Liverpool for £44million.
The Belgian has admitted that upon his arrival in Manchester he had heard about Sterling’s so-called ‘reputation’ through the media – but that couldn’t have been further from the truth.
“Before I came to Manchester City, I didn’t really know what to make of this Raheem Sterling guy,” the Belgium midfielder wrote in a piece in The Players’ Tribune.
“I had never met him, and from what I’d read about him…I thought he was going to be a very different character.
“The tabloids were always claiming that he was arrogant. So I guess I thought he’d be…what do the English call it? A bit of a d***head, maybe?
“They said Raheem was this flashy guy who left Liverpool for money. They said I was ‘the Chelsea reject’. They said we were difficult characters.
“Then I got to City and I actually met Raheem, and we’d talk a bit after training, and I thought, ‘Wait, this guy seems really cool? What’s the story here?’
“I really got to know Raheem, and I recognised what a smart and genuine person he is. He couldn’t be more different.
“This is the real truth: Raheem is one of the nicest, most humble guys I’ve met in football.”
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