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Sterling, 27, signed a five-year deal with the Blues earlier this week, leaving City in a £50m transfer after seven successful years at the Etihad.
The England international confirmed the move with an emotional letter on social media in which he thanked City, his former teammates, managers, and the club's fans.
But he has risked angering City supporters after appearing to refuse to sign the club's shirt while on tour with Chelsea in the United States.
In a clip circulating on social media, Sterling is seen signing shirts and posing for photographs with a number of excited Chelsea supporters.
One fan holds up a City shirt to be signed but Sterling appears to snub the supporter.
Icl it’s weird that Sterling refused to sign a City shirt at Chelsea’s pre season camp, seems a bit disrespectful— ¹⁰ (@SxrgioSZN) July 16, 2022
I don’t see anything wrong with Sterling refusing to sign a City shirt. Feels like people are looking for excuses to hate on him. Would we like it if Phillips started signing Leeds tops? Most of you probably wouldn’t— Ste 🐝 (@SteBlanchard) July 17, 2022
Raheem Sterling refusing to sign a Man. City shirt at the Chelsea pre season is the most unprofessional thing I’ve ever seen— KWASI GAZY (@Kwasigazy) July 17, 2022
What you expect sterling to do 😭— Lelam4_ (@Lelam4_) July 17, 2022
Sign the city shirt and have Chelsea fans on him 😂 https://t.co/DJiMq8mMhX
"It's weird that Sterling refused to sign a City shirt at Chelsea's pre season camp, seems a bit disrespectful,” wrote one fan on Twitter.
Another added: "This is really sad to see from Sterling, 7 years at Man City and you can't sign on the City shirt again?"
However, others have defended the former Liverpool forward, with one fan commenting: "I don't see anything wrong with Sterling refusing to sign a City shirt.
"Feels like people are looking for excuses to hate on him."
Sterling linked up with the Chelsea squad ahead of their opening pre-season friendly against Mexican side Club America, which ended in a 2-1 win for the Blues at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Timo Werner put the Premier League side ahead early on in the second half before a calamitous own goal from Reece James levelled the scores.
Mason Mount then scored a brilliant winner to secure a hard-fought victory for Thomas Tuchel's side.
Sterling did not feature in the match but could make his debut for Chelsea when they face Charlotte FC in their next pre-season friendly on Thursday.
Chelsea will then take on London rivals Arsenal and Italian side Udinese in their remaining friendlies before opening their Premier League campaign away at Everton on August 6.