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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 August, 2003, 11:51 GMT 12:51 UK
McManaman joins Man City
Steve McManaman
McManaman has found his first team opportunities severely limited
Former England midfielder Steve McManaman has joined Manchester City on a two-year contract.

McManaman passed a medical at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday to wrap up his transfer from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

And the 31-year-old admitted he was looking forward to playing in the Premiership once again.

"I am very excited at this move," said McManaman.

"It was not a difficult decision to make as I know a lot of the players here.

"I have worked with Kevin Keegan before and am really looking forward to working with him again.

"Manchester City is an exciting place to be and they are a team which is really on the up," he told the club's official website.


McManaman has become Man City's second signing of the week after the club clinched the transfer of Claudio Reyna from Sunderland.

"We are delighted with the move for Steve as this shows our intent to continue to drive forward," said club chairman John Wardle.

"By bringing in players of the calibre of McManaman and Claudio Reyna, we are showing a real ambition to progress."

McManaman moved to Real from Liverpool on a Bosman free transfer in 1999 and capped his first season at the Bernabeu with a stunning strike in the Champions League final against Valencia.

He also won the league title in 2001 and 2003 and the Champions League for the second time in 2002.

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