Sterling sends message to Tuchel about playing ‘false nine’ for Chelsea

Sterling sends message to Tuchel about playing ‘false nine’ for Chelsea

Raheem Sterling has insisted he is happy to continue playing as a false nine at Chelsea, if manager Thomas Tuchel feels that is the position where he can be most effective.

However, the 27-year-old admits he still regards himself predominantly as a winger.

Sterling moved to Stamford Bridge from Manchester City this summer in a £47.5million deal.

He played his first Premier League game for Chelsea in a 1-0 win at Everton last Saturday, deployed as a false nine.

When asked about which role he prefers at a press conference on Thursday, Sterling replied: “As you all know, my position is mainly as a winger.

“Some of the time I enjoy floating about and getting on the ball.

“But I always judge myself on how effective I am on the games, so it depends on where I’m going to be most effective at the moment.

“The last game against Everton I played from the false nine position. And again, I’ll be most happy where I can be effective and help my team.”