In pictures: First look at Raheem Sterling as Chelsea player as he arrives for USA pre-season tour

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Raheem Sterling has joined up with his new Chelsea teammates after flying out to the USA for a pre-season tour.

The 27-year-old completed his move to the Blues from Manchester City as it was officially announced on Wednesday. Sterling has joined Thomas Tuchel’s side in a £47.5million deal, which will see him earn £310,000-a-week.

The England international has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge, with the option to extend it for a further season, as he joins another big Premier League club following successful periods at City and Liverpool.

Speaking for the first time as a Chelsea player, Sterling revealed his excitement at moving back to London and how important that opportunity was in his decision to join the club.

“First and foremost, it’s a pleasure to be here,” Sterling told Chelsea’s official website.

“I’ve obviously achieved a lot in my career so far, but there is still so much more to achieve and I’m really looking forward to doing that in a Chelsea shirt, under Thomas’s management.

“London is my home and where it all started for me, and it’s amazing I now have the opportunity to play in front of friends and family week in, week out at Stamford Bridge. I’m really looking forward to meeting the fans there soon.”

Sterling has flown out to the USA and started training with the Chelsea squad, as they get their pre-season preparations underway. The Blues face Club America this weekend, before a match against Charlotte and then a high-profile fixture with Arsenal in the Florida Cup on July 23.

Chelsea will hope to have made further additions to their squad by then, with Kalidou Koulibaly on the verge of completing a move to the club on a four-year-deal. He is set to undergo a medical on Thursday, before also flying out to join up with the squad.

Nathan Ake remains a target for Chelsea, while there have also been discussions with PSG over a move for Presnel Kimpembe.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Sterling in LA!

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