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I wanted to win the league before I was 21 - Sterling on move to City

By Sports Desk May 16, 2019

Raheem Sterling explained why he moved from Liverpool to Man City after he picked up the Football Writers' Association Football of the Year award.

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    "Everyone tells you it will be something special if you win something with Liverpool and this was proper proof.

    "I was thinking, 'Wow, that was brilliant!' then the bus came around the corner and you are like, 'What the heck is that?' I could not imagine the noise.

    "We made so much eye contact with so many people - people in their late 60s or early 70s. There was one guy and he was like this: Boom! Boom! and he is shouting, 'I love you!'

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