Daniel Sturridge says that he’s glad he made the decision to turn his back on Manchester City earlier in his career.
The now Liverpool ace started his journey as a senior player with the Sky Blues, but quickly left the Etihad Stadium after growing concerned at the level of competition for a starting berth.
Sturridge was always tipped for big things at City, but his first-team breakthrough came in a period where the club were building from the vast funds offered by their Middle Eastern backers, which allowed Chelsea to steal in take him away during 2009.
After a tough spell in the capital the 24-year-old was offered another chance by Brendan Rodgers last year, and has since blossomed into, arguably, England’s top front-man in the build-up to the World Cup.
Sturridge is set to face his old side this weekend in a title crunch match, and he says that he’s glad he made the call to leave:
“It was difficult for me at Manchester City as a young player aged 18 or 19, with all the money they have.” He told The Mirror.
“Realistically, you look back and they only have Micah Richards from the academy playing for the club’s first team – everyone else has been signed by Man City, so I feel I made the right decision leaving there.”
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