Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Raheem Sterling could become worth £100m in the future and has backed the youngster to perform well for his new club this season.
Pellegrini spent £44m to prize the England international away from Liverpool this summer and has backed him to prove his doubters wrong this season after the 20-year-old copped flack over his handling of his exit from Anfield.
“I am sure, in two or three years, we will see that we paid the correct price for him,” Pellegrini is quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
“English players are more expensive here as they are fighting with all the other nationalities. It is difficult.”
Pellegrini went as far as to say Sterling could become worth upwards of £100m should he continue to improve.
“I didn’t say he was worth £100m. I said he could be worth that in a few years’ time.”
City kicks off its season on Monday night when Sterling and his new teammates take on West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.