Daniel Sturridge insists Manchester City is “in his heart”, despite being booed by their supporters every time he returns to the Etihad Stadium.
The Liverpool forward joined City’s Academy as a 13-year-old and played 21 times for the first team before moving to Chelsea when his contract expired in 2009.
In an exclusive interview with Soccer AM’s Tubes, he said:
“They’re a big club and have been very successful over the last few years.
“They’ve done a lot for myself and my family. They’re in my heart, regardless of whether the fans boo me or not.
“Of course they will [boo], they always do. They have a perception of me leaving for money, but I feel the opportunity was never there for me.”