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Tuchel: Sterling can shape Chelsea by just being who he is

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Thomas Tuchel says Raheem Sterling is a “huge asset” for Chelsea and hopes the forward can shape the team “by just being who he is”.

Chelsea confirmed the signing of Sterling from Premier League rivals Manchester City on Wednesday in a deal reported to be in the region of £45million.

Sterling arrives with plenty of pedigree, having won 10 major honours across seven seasons with City, whom he joined after three years as a Liverpool first-team regular.

He is the first signing of the Todd Boehly era, and Tuchel has high hopes for the 77-cap England international at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel told BBC Sport:

“Hopefully, he shapes our team by just being who he is.

“He will be a massive asset for us.

“He’s a tremendous player, with a vast influence in the last years in English football.

“And is at a perfect age to now take responsibility for our young players and be an example.

“Getting what he delivered for years, given his age, his hunger for responsibility.

“And his style of play and his amount of intensity is outstanding.

“It is the benchmark in the Premier League and what we need.”

Sterling had just one year remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium.

The 27-year-old scored 17 goals for City in all competitions last season.

A tally bettered only by Riyad Mahrez (24) and Kevin De Bruyne (19).

Chelsea’s transfer business is unlikely to stop there with Kalidou Koulibaly coming from Napoli.

And Tuchel saw his side lose to Liverpool in both domestic cup finals last season.

This has a more significant say in transfer activity under the club’s new American owners.

He said from Chelsea’s pre-season training base in Los Angeles:

“The relationship [with the owners] is very intense and close, which it must be.

“Without Petr [Cech] and Marina [Granovskaia], it’s a significant change in the daily structure and communication. So I’m a lot more involved.

“I have to step up in terms of responsibility. I think I will want to be more in the coaching role again in a long time.

“Or even when the close of the pre-season comes.

“But right now, it’s essential to improve our team, to bring players in to stay competitive because we want to compete for a minimum of top four.

“Given the fact that Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United act on the transfer market for weeks and months, we need to be smart, we need to be fast, and we need to find solutions. It’s my job to help.”

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