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Official: Mateo Kovacic signs for Manchester City

The 29-year-old Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea has been signed by Manchester City, according to an announcement by the treble winners.

Kovacic has signed a four-year contract at the Etihad Stadium after the clubs agreed on an initial fee of £25million, with a potential extra £5million in add-ons, last week.

Kovacic has joined Pep Guardiola’s side after spending five years at Chelsea, where he won the Champions League and Europa League and made 221 appearances.

He is the first signing made by City this summer and his arrival compensates for the loss of captain Ilkay Gundogan, who left the club on a free transfer to join Barcelona on Monday after playing for them for seven years.

Kovacic said: “This is a brilliant move for me and I cannot wait to get started with City.

“Anyone who has watched this team under Pep knows how good they are. For me, they are the best in the world.

“The trophies they have won are clear for all to see, but they are also the best footballing side out there.

“To be joining this squad really is a dream for any footballer. I still have plenty of learning and developing to do, and I know under Pep’s management I can become a better player, which is really exciting for me.

“My plan now is to rest for a few weeks before coming back to Manchester to prepare for the new season. But I want to help this club stay at the top and win more trophies.”

Before joining Chelsea, Kovacic had already won the Champions League three times with Real Madrid, making him a four-time winner of the competition. He began his career at Dinamo Zagreb, and has also played for Inter Milan.

Kovacic speaks out on his City move

Kovacic is known for his versatility and has earned 95 caps for his country. But he will be taking over Gundogan’s number eight shirt at Manchester City.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “Mateo is an excellent footballer.

“He can play as a ‘six’ or an ‘eight’, has plenty of experience at top-level clubs and he understands the Premier League.

“It was a very simple decision to bring him to City because he has the tactical and technical qualities we are looking for in a midfielder.

“He is someone we have monitored for a very long time and always we were impressed whenever we watched him. I am delighted he is here.

“This is a great signing for this club, and I am very excited to watch what he can do with Pep and the rest of our backroom team.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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