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Manchester City sign Hamburg's Jerome Boateng

Jerome Boateng
Boateng will join City officially after the World Cup

Manchester City have signed German international defender Jerome Boateng from Hamburg for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old, who has signed a five-year deal, will officially become a City player on 1 July.

Boateng was in Manchester on Saturday to confirm the details before he flies to South Africa to join the German national team for the World Cup.

"He is a young player who is already of a very high quality," City boss Roberto Mancini told the club's website.

"I think he can continue to improve at City. He can play a number of positions in defence, which is important.

"He has proved his ability in Germany and I think he can be a very important player for Manchester City in the Premier League."

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Boateng started his career with Hertha Berlin before moving to Europa League semi-finalists Hamburg in 2007 and is the younger brother of Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.

The brothers could end up playing each other at the World Cup as the Pompey player has elected to represent Germany's Group D rivals Ghana.

And Mancini added: "It's good for Jerome to have agreed terms ahead of the World Cup, so he can now concentrate on playing for Germany.

"I will be very interested to see how he gets on in the tournament, before welcoming him back to meet his team-mates in pre-season."

Boateng follows current City players Vincent Kompany and Nigel de Jong in moving to Eastlands from Hamburg.



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