Chelsea transfer news: £50m Blues star will 'definitely' stay at Stamford Bridge in January
Raheem Sterling is reportedly certain to stay at Chelsea this month.
There’s still just over a week left of the January transfer window, so there’s plenty of time for there to be incomings and outgoings at Stamford Bridge.
However, journalist Simon Phillips says Sterling is ‘definitely’ an individual that’s staying put in west London.
Phillips told GiveMeSport: “In terms of would Chelsea be willing to sell him, definitely not this window, and I personally can’t see him being allowed to go in the summer either.
“He’s certainly going to be a player that they’ll want to keep around for solid squad depth as they rebuild the attack and everywhere on the pitch, really.”
Sterling, who’s currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, joined Chelsea for £50million last summer from Manchester City.
The England forward has six goals in 22 appearances to mark a modest start to his Blues career, but he’s still often looked the side’s most dangerous attacker.
Tutto Mercato Web claimed last week that Juventus are keen on the idea of signing Sterling to replace Angel di Maria.
However, Simon Phillips doesn’t think the quick winger is going anywhere.
If you’re looking at players that may need to be moved on by Chelsea, Sterling definitely isn’t one of them.
He’ll now face fresh competition from the likes of Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke in the wide positions, but that should only drive him and his teammates forward.
He’s proven at Man City he can compete and thrive among top forward, so hopefully Chelsea are starting to build attacking options that can fire in front of goal.
Obviously, Graham Potter needs a lot more from his attackers during the second half of the season.