Zabaleta slams Raheem Sterling’s ‘behaviour’ and insists he’s no Man City legend

Chelsea new boy Raheem Sterling is not a Manchester City legend according to Pablo Zabaleta.

The former City right-back, who shared a dressing room with Sterling for two years, insists his ex-team-mate isn't in the same bracket as the likes of Sergio Aguero and David Silva and even accused him of being disrespectful to his old club.

When asked whether he thought Sterling was a City legend, Zabaleta replied: "For me when you say legend [I think of] Aguero, Silva, [Vincent] Kompany. Those guys were on a different level, that's why they have statues outside of the club.

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"Raheem, he's been great. We wish him of course all the best. He went to a team that is a big contender for the Premier League, but as I say, I wish him all the best. He's a great lad," added the Argentine.

"But Man City is always the most important thing for the fans and for the players and when you come to this club you have to give 100 per cent respect, and the moment that you leave you need to talk nicely about the club that you've been playing for, so I wish he could behave that way."

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Precisely what Zabaleta is referring to is unclear, particularly given that Sterling posted a touching (and 100 per cent respectful) 140-word letter to "everyone involved with Manchester City" shortly before his £45million to switch to Chelsea was confirmed.

Over the weekend, Sterling was caught on camera snubbing a fan who had asked him to sign a Manchester City top, which could explain Zabaleta's comments, though you can hardly blame the winger for wanting to distance himself from his former club given the sorry saga Chelsea fans endured with wantaway striker Romelu Lukaku last season.

The 27-year-old won 10 major honours in seven seasons at the Etihad, including four Premier League titles, and while fans might not necessarily remember him as fondly as some of his iconic team-mates, there's no denying that he was one of City's best, and most consistent, performers in what has proved to be the finest period of the club's rich history.

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