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A Chelsea fan was shocked to see the new home shirt he bought had ‘Sterling - Pre Order’ written on the back when it arrived.
The fan, Mason, was hoping to get Chelsea new boy Raheem Sterling's name and number on the back of his brand new shirt. However, it didn't turn up how he wanted.
Mason posted a picture of the shirt on Twitter and said: “I bought the new kit just after we signed sterling, there were all the squad numbers and names and the Sterling options said ‘STERLING - PRE ORDER’ which I did, and they’ve gone and f***ing given me this.”
I bought the new kit just after we signed sterling, there were all the squad numbers and names and the Sterling options said ‘STERLING - PRE ORDER’ which I did, and they’ve gone and fucking given me this 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/mBeWhRiOUm— Mason 🌪 (@CFCMason_) August 3, 2022
Since the tweet was posted, it has gathered a lot of attention. The tweet has received more than 35,000 likes and has been retweeted nearly 2000 times.
Here are some of the best replies from fans on Twitter.
I can trump this least you got a players name I got the method I used to pay for the shirt printed on the back from @SportsDirectUK after requesting no personalisation won’t accept return there saying I physically typed that in to be printed pic.twitter.com/At6uEPBq4B— Lee Dunbar Maddison (@Maddanufc) August 3, 2022
The employees after customizing the jersey pic.twitter.com/RpeygpY9vE— Haylow (@Haylow) August 3, 2022
Something similar happened to me with my son's birthday pressie! pic.twitter.com/AR1yjMldBR— Join a union ✊️ (@Olliek74) August 3, 2022
The original tweet even received a reply from high street eye wear company Specsavers, who replied saying: “They need to pre-order an eye test.”
However, all seems to be sorted as Mason later tweeted saying: “This blew, it’s all sorted now I’m being sent another one.”
A big lesson for football fans is to not purchase a shirt with a player that is yet to be assigned a squad number.
On Chelsea’s official website, Sterling is yet to be assigned a shirt number but was seen wearing the number 17 during the club’s pre season matches.
The 27-year-old England international left Manchester City to join Chelsea last month in a deal worth a reported £47.5 million. Ending his seven year stay at the Etihad Stadium.
Sterling said moving to Chelsea is a pleasure upon his arrival.
He said: “First and foremost, it's a pleasure to be here.
“I’ve obviously achieved a lot in my career so far, but there is still so much more to achieve and I'm really looking forward to doing that in a Chelsea shirt, under Thomas' management.”
In the wake of this huge transfer, former Chelsea player Jason Cundy believes City made a mistake in letting Sterling leave the club.
He told talkSPORT: “I think City have dropped the ball. They’ve invested in Grealish and they have to see it through. They had to make a decision. Sterling read that, saw where the money went, he knows they need to stick with Grealish.
“I have a funny feeling City might’ve made a bit of a rick with the move to get Grealish and then let Sterling go.”
😳 “I think City have dropped the ball with Grealish [replacing Sterling].”— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 3, 2022
😬 “He’s only a year younger than Sterling. I think they’ve made an error.”
Jason Cundy feels #MCFC will regret replacing Sterling with Jack Grealish pic.twitter.com/gTStihKCGS
Whilst City legend Sergio Aguero branded the decision to let Sterling go as ‘strange’.
The Argentine said on his Twitch channel: “I don’t understand the sale of Sterling. There are times they (City) make strange decisions.”
Will Sterling be a hit at Stamford Bridge? Only time will tell.