Premier League - City seal Kolarov deal

Eurosport - Sat, 24 Jul 15:24:00 2010

Manchester City have completed the signing of Aleksandar Kolarov after the Lazio left-back passed his medical.

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The 24-year-old Serbia international had already been granted a work permit and underwent a physical examination in Manchester.

Kolarov will not, however, be joining the club's pre-season tour of America.

According to Italian media reports, the Premier League club agreed the transfer after several hours of negotiations involving City's Italian manager Roberto Mancini and officials of both clubs.

Lazio's Italian rivals Juventus were also keen on the player, but it seems that they could not match City's spending power, bolstered by the millions of their billionaire Abu Dhabi owner Sheikh Mansour.

"He has the ability to play in numerous positions and is very good in midfield," Mancini told the club's official website.

"This is an additional benefit to the team. He has a fantastic international career ahead of him. I first saw Kolarov in his Lazio debut back in 2007. I was impressed by the speed and strength of someone so young.

"I have watched him a lot since then and so have the Manchester City scouts. His attacking capability is very good. He is fast and can shoot with power and accuracy.

"He was composed on the ball, had an excellent delivery with his left foot and was technically very able."

Kolarov can play at left-back and left midfield. He has made over 80 appearances for Lazio in three seasons.

The 24-year-old was part of the Serbia side that lost 4-1 to the Netherlands in the U21 European Championship final in 2007 before helping his country qualify for this year's World Cup finals in South Africa.


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