Kevin De Bruyne reveals he thought Raheem Sterling was a ‘d***head’ before joining Manchester City


Kevin De Bruyne reveals he thought Raheem Sterling was a ‘d***head’ before joining Manchester City

Kevin De Bruyne has revealed he thought Raheem Sterling was a ‘d***head’ before eventually getting to know the England forward at Manchester City.

Sterling and De Bruyne both signed for the Etihad Stadium club in summer 2015, with the former’s move to City a drawn out saga involving a contract dispute and the player sitting out of training due to an alleged illness.

Sterling was constantly criticised during his final months at Liverpool

The 24-year-old, who has developed into a world class talent since joining City, was widely criticised throughout his final season at Anfield, with a number of former Liverpool players, as well as their then-manager Brendan Rodgers, slamming Sterling for disrespecting the club.

He was also a target of consistent criticism by the press, something which has followed Sterling even since leaving Liverpool. Only last December he posted a message on Instagram calling out the English media for their negative portrayal of black footballers, a day after Sterling was allegedly racially abused by Chelsea supporters at Stamford Bridge.