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Raheem Sterling makes quick impact at City says manager Pellegrini

Manchester City win 5-4 against Roma at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Raheem Sterling was taken off at half-time during his Manchester City debut against Roma but manager Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with his display.

The Chilean told a post-match press conference: "Well it is always important for the strikers to score. He scored very early in the game.

"He just played 45 minutes. He has worked with our team for just a few days so I am very happy with the way he played.

"He demonstrated why he is here, he demonstrated not only his value as a player. He is a very young player so I think he will improve a lot in the future, playing with Yaya (Toure), David Silva and (Sergio) Kun Aguero.

"I am very happy for him and very happy for our team to have bought him."

The England forward, signed from Liverpool for £49million on July 14 after an acrimonious transfer saga.

He found the net after just two minutes and 17 seconds against Roma at the vast Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The goal contributed to an entertaining contest in the Australian section of the International Champions Cup, which City went on to win 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at the end of 90 minutes.

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