Raheem Sterling found himself in a difficult position at Manchester City last season.
The team itself was continuing to thrive in the Premier League, and while the winger did perform when called upon, it did become clear that he was no longer seen as an integral part of their squad. It always seemed likely that he would leave this summer, with Chelsea bringing him to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth up to £50million.
It was a bit of an odd situation. At 27-years old, Sterling should now be in his prime. Despite this, Manchester City did not seem to have any hesitation in selling him.
It should not come as a surprise that the player himself was a bit disillusioned with his standing at The Etihad.
Raheem Sterling was 'raging' with treatment at Manchester City
Raheem Sterling has now opened up on the emotions he was going through last season despite his club's successes on the pitch.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he admitted that he was not happy with the way he had been treated by his former club.
Everyone wants to feel wanted, football is no different.
When you play your heart out, sacrifice some of your kids' birthdays, and then get treated in a certain way, it's disappointing.
At the time I was fuming, raging, but it's gone, it's in the past and I can only focus on the present, which is now, here at Chelsea, and the opportunity I've got here to go out and showcase my talents once again...
Misunderstandings, contracts running down. It was a shame to see how it ended in the end because I had such a great time there.
A lot of things came into play, a lot of reasons, but I wasn't complaining, I was ready to challenge and, as you can see, even with some of the performances I put in, you couldn't guarantee yourself a place so it just didn't make sense to fight a battle you can never win...
As a player you always want to do your best and help your team, but when you don't think things are going fairly, it's always a disappointment.
If you are not happy playing your football you've got to look at other options to get that happiness back, and that's exactly what I have done. It was the right time for me to move on. I wouldn't stay part of something I knew I couldn't give my all in.
Raheem Sterling is set to have a much larger role at Chelsea this season, although he is unlikely to experience the same level of team success.
That is a trade-off he seems happy to make after growing increasingly frustrated with life under Pep Guardiola in recent times.