Raheem Sterling thankful to Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool fans on way out

Raheem Sterling has moved to repair his relationship with Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool after completing a £49 million move to Manchester City.

The 20-year-old winger, who said he could not believe he had become the most expensive English footballer in history, left Anfield in acrimonious fashion.

Sterling turned down a £100,000-a-week contract and his agent, Aidy Ward, said he would reject a £900,000-a-week deal with the Merseyside club, such was his desire to move on.

The winger missed two days of training last week when he said he was ill amid suggestions did not want to play for Rodgers and would refuse to go on Liverpool's pre-season tour.

But Rodgers said he had no personal issues with Sterling and the £49 million man tried to rebuild bridges, telling Man City's website: "I never imagined I'd be at the point I am at this stage and breaking the British transfer record.

"I want to thank Brendan Rodgers for giving me a chance and an opportunity in the first team, giving me my full debut -- against City funnily enough -- and giving me a real chance to cement a place in the first team and show the world my talents."

Sterling also mentioned two former Liverpool managers, adding: "I'd like to thank Rafa Benitez for taking me to Liverpool as a 15-year-old, that was a massive step for me and a new challenge. Also to Kenny Dalglish for showing such faith in me and putting me in at such a young age.

"Finally, I'd also like to thank all the people around me, my mum and sisters, my management team and Aidy Ward for helping me focus and get where I am today. I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone."

Sterling said he was relieved the saga was over and focused on winning trophies with his new club.

"It's a good feeling and this is really happy time for me and my family," Sterling said. "I'm just glad it's all over and done with and I can't wait to get on the training field.

"The thing that excites me the most is the world-class squad we have and knowing we have a team that is capable of winning things year in, year out.

"The more quality players that are around you, the more quality it brings out in you so I can't wait to get started and play alongside them."