Sterling was at the centre of one of the summer’s most talked about transfers and quickly became a much-hated figure on the Merseyside.
The youngster received a torrent of abuse on social media as it became apparent he was forcing his way out of Anfield, but England teammate Rooney says the move has made him more focused.
“You can see he’s settled. He’s happy, I’m sure,” Rooney is quoted as saying by Daily Star.
“He’s got the move he wanted. He’s started the season excellently, settled in really well at City.
“When you are going through what he did, trying to leave Liverpool, it can be quite difficult. But he’s a lot more relaxed and settled, which is good for us.”
Sterling has settled into life at the Etihad quickly it seems, helping the club win its four opening Premier League encounters to top the league table.
The 20-year-old is set to start for England in its EURO 2016 qualifier against Switzerland after Roy Hodgson left him out of the side that thumped San Marino on the weekend.