Manchester City’s rise to an elite club from a mid-table team saw many big players come and depart the Etihad Stadium ever since the wealthy Arabs took over years ago. They have also gotten the “big club” tag since and have rubbed shoulders with the likes of United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea in recent times.
The Citizens have 2 League titles to their credits, and are amongst everyone’s top 3 favorites for the title this term. They have had their down time this season though, with the 4 – 1 defeat in the hands of Liverpool right at home on Saturday their latest. A former player of theirs in Daniel Sturridge was in the opposition but didn’t feature in the game, saving the ears some boos.
The England international has revealed that a wrong mindset by City faithful as regards his exit in 2009 is the reason for the harsh treatment he is meted on anytime he plays in the Etihad. It is a popular belief amongst the Citizens’ fans that financial gain was the reason the England international left back then.
Sturridge arrived the club as an 11 year-old promising player and had grown into a potential hot property before he chose to leave, earning the title “traitor” from most fans. He left for the Stamford Bridge but couldn’t break into a starting lineup before finally securing a move to Anfield in January of 2013.
His time at Liverpool has been affected by injuries, yet he has remain one of the best strikers in the EPL and was close to winning the League title alongside Suarez for Liverpool 2 seasons ago. In a pre match interview at the weekend, he revealed his true reasons for leaving for London after having seen out his contract,
“They’re a big club and have been very successful over the last few years. They’ve done a lot for myself and my family. They’re in my heart, regardless of whether the fans boo me or not. Of course they will [boo], they always do. They have a perception of me leaving for money, but I feel the opportunity was never there for me.
They bought a lot of centre-forwards at the time. I think they had seven or eight players in the time I was there that they bought in my position, so I didn’t think my chances were at that club. It was never about the money. City are one of the richest clubs in the world and were when I left. ”