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Man City sign Brazilian Sylvinho

Sylvinho spent two seasons at Arsenal before leaving in 2001

Manchester City have completed the signing of veteran Brazilian defender Sylvinho on a one-year contract.

The former Arsenal left-back, 35, was released by Barcelona after playing in their Champions League final victory over Manchester United last season.

Boss Mark Hughes told City's website: "Bringing him to the club as a free agent is excellent business for us.

"He won the European Cup last season at Barcelona and he will strengthen our defensive options."

Sylvinho is Hughes's seventh new signing of the summer and will provide cover for Wayne Bridge.

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The full-back, who spent two seasons at Arsenal before leaving for Spanish club Celta Vigo in 2001, has won the Champions League twice and picked up three La Liga medals.

Hughes added: "Sylvinho has a wealth of experience at the very top level, having represented Brazil and played for some of the very top clubs in Europe."

City hope to include him in the squad to face Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup on Thursday, providing they receive international clearance.

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