Chelsea have confirmed the signing of England forward Raheem Sterling from Manchester City in a £50m deal.

Earlier the 27-year-old posted a heartfelt goodbye message saying he was leaving City “as a man”.

City signed Sterling from Liverpool in a £49m deal in 2015. He went on to score 131 goals in 339 games, winning four Premier League titles.

Capped 77 times by England, Sterling is Chelsea’s first major signing since the Todd Boehly-led takeover.

Sterling will now link up with the rest of the Chelsea squad, which flew out for a pre-season tour to the United States on Saturday.

Earlier Sterling posted a goodbye message saying he was leaving City “as a man” adding: “Seven seasons, 11 major trophies, a lifetime of memories.”

Chairman and co-controlling owner Boehly said: “Raheem Sterling is a serial winner and his signing is an important step in strengthening our squad. We are delighted for Raheem to return to London with Chelsea, and we look forward to seeing his world-class talent on display at Stamford Bridge.”

More to follow.