Raheem Sterling’s first few weeks at City have convinced him of one thing – David Silva is something a little bit special.
The Blues’ pre-season games so far have seen a Sterling-Silva understanding quickly develop, and the more the pair play, the better it’s likely to become.
In fact, Sterling admits his new team-mate is a player he’s admired from afar for the past few seasons.
“He’s someone I’ve been really looking forward to playing alongside,” said Sterling. ”He’s a player who, when he gets into the final third, his final pass can be deadly.
He’s on a different planet, really. I’m really looking forward to linking up with him this season and with all the other attacking lads we have as well – but yeah, David is world class
Sergio Aguero is another player the Blues’ new signing can’t wait to work with, though the pair have only shared a few training sessions so far because of Kun’s extended summer break.
“I’ve only just started training with Sergio in the past few days or so but I’m really excited about linking up with him,” he said.
“With the world class players we have here, we are capable of winning things year in, year out. The more quality players that are around you, the more quality it brings out in you so I can wait to get started because it can only improve my game as well.”
Sterling is in line to make his City debut in Monday night’s curtain-raiser at The Hawthorns.
He believes Tony Pulis’ men will play a cagey game and is expecting nothing less than a compact, disciplined home side with a partisan Black Country crowd roaring them on.
“West Brom is always a difficult place to go,” he said. “I think they will sit in and try to nick a 1-0 win because that’s how they tend to play against teams who go there to attack.
“That was the case when I was at Liverpool and I don’t think it will be any different when we go to The Hawthorns. I think they will try and hold the game up as long as they can and then try and nick a goal at some stage.
“We’ve got to go there from the off and try to play the sort of football the manager wants us to play and if we do that, we know we can win the game, but they’re a good side and won’t make it easy.”