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Raheem Sterling fee not a concern for Manchester City - Pellegrini

The Chilean is confident the attacker will justify the £49 million expense.

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Pellegrini on Sterling: "He's a very young player, so he has a lot of things to improve."

MAN CITY MANAGER Manuel Pellegrini is not worried by the £49 million fee that his side paid Liverpool to make Raheem Sterling the most expensive ever English player.

The 20-year-old completed his transfer on Tuesday after a protracted and acrimonious pursuit but, though the size of the deal alarmed some, the City boss says that it is worth it to sign the right man.

“The price is not the most important thing. The most important thing is to choose the player you need,” Pellegrini told reporters.

“Every time you need a player, the price is very high — not just for City but for every team.”

Having finally landed Sterling, the Chilean is relishing the prospect of watching the youngster flourish and fulfil his potential.

“I think that Raheem can play in different positions – he can play as a forward because he has a lot of speed or he can play also on the wing.

“He’s a very young player, so he has a lot of things to improve. I think it’s important for him to have a new challenge in our team where he will play with great players, which will improve his game.

He will also improve us as a team. “I think that Raheem has already demonstrated what he can do as a player at Liverpool, but he’s just 20 so he has a lot of things to improve.”

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