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Manchester City complete signing of Aleksandar Kolarov

By Chris Bevan

Aleksandar Kolarov
Kolarov played in Serbia's 1-0 win over Germany at the World Cup

Manchester City have completed the £16m-signing of left-back Aleksander Kolarov from Lazio.

The 24-year-old Serbia international, who will provide direct competition for Wayne Bridge, was granted a work permit and passed a medical on Saturday.

"I want two top-class players for each position," said coach Roberto Mancini.

"This is an additional benefit to the team. He has a fantastic international career ahead of him. I am looking forward to working with him."

Kolarov, labelled the Serbian Roberto Carlos because of his shooting prowess, had drawn interest from several clubs, and Mancini is pleased to have captured a player he has long admired.

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"I first saw Kolarov in his Lazio debut back in 2007. I have watched him a lot since then and so have the Manchester City scouts," added Mancini.

"His attacking capability is very good. He is fast and can shoot with power and accuracy.

"He also has the ability to play in numerous positions and is very good in midfield."

Kolarov, who played twice for his country at the World Cup in South Africa, will not be joining City on their current pre-season tour of America.

The deal will take City's summer spending to £75m, after signing David Silva, Yaya Toure and Jerome Boateng.

Spanish international winger Silva was unveiled on Wednesday after joining from Valencia in a £24m deal, while Toure cost a similar amount from Barcelona.

Boateng, who played for Germany in the World Cup, joined City at the beginning of June in a deal thought to be about £11m.



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see also
Manchester City sign Yaya Toure
02 Jul 10 |  Man City
Man City complete 24m Silva deal
14 Jul 10 |  Man City
Man City secure Boateng signing
05 Jun 10 |  Man City
Highlights - Germany 0-1 Serbia
18 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010


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