“I am humbled and happy to be here,” said Sturridge. “Brendan Rodgers said he sees me here for a long time – and I also see myself here for a long time. I’ve not signed here to play for a couple of years and then move on. I’ve signed to be here for as long as possible. It’s a humongous club – for me, one of the biggest in the world – and to have the fans and world-class players we have here is amazing.”
The deal is believed to be worth £12m, some £5m more than Chelsea are likely to pay for his replacement Demba Ba, with Manchester City pocketing £2m for a sell on clause they put in his contract after he left Manchester in 2009.