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Raheem Sterling to snub Saudi summer transfer in favour of Chelsea stay

Raheem Sterling is set to snub a summer transfer to Saudi Arabia in favour of remaining at Chelsea despite relentless criticism from the Blues supporters.

The Evening Standard reports that the 29-year-old, who has two and a half years remaining on his contract, is determined to win over the Chelsea faithful and win big trophies at Stamford Bridge.

Sterling had arguably his worst performance in a Chelsea shirt during Sunday’s 4-2 FA Cup quarter-final win over Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.

He won just three of his eight ground duels, lost possession 14 times, missed two big chances, including a penalty, completed just one of his four dribbles and had just 40 touches during the game.

However, he created one big chance and bagged an assist for Cole Palmer’s strike on the stroke of half-time which doubled Chelsea’s advantage.

Sterling was jeered by the Chelsea fans as he was eventually replaced by Noni Madueke, who closed out the six-goal thriller with a stunning strike.

The Enlighsman took to social media to apologise to Chelsea fans. His teammates, including Palmer, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Enzo Fernandez and Nicolas Jackson, showed their support on social.

However, Sterling’s performances this season have increased speculation over his long-term future at the Bridge, with the Blues preparing for another summer overhaul.

Despite being the most experienced attacker in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad, Sterling has been linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League this summer.

However, he is expected to turn down a transfer to the Middle East, while his £300,000 a week wages and Chelsea’s potential asking price also rule out a move to a Premier League rival.

Chelsea will face FA Cup holders Manchester City in the semi-finals, with a potential showpiece showdown against either Manchester United or Coventry City awaiting the winners.

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