Belfast Telegraph

Clichy completes City move

Gael Clichy has completed his move to Manchester City.

Clichy completed his medical early on Monday and spent the afternoon meeting with club officials to seal his move north from Arsenal. It has been suggested City would be paying £7million for the full-back, who is Roberto Mancini's first summer signing.

Although Arsene Wenger was keen to keep his fellow Frenchman, with Clichy about to enter the final year of his contract, having indicated he was not willing to agree an extension, Arsenal had little option but to cash in.

Clichy has signed a four-year contract and becomes the latest in a succession of former Arsenal players to join the City revolution, although as that number includes Emmanuel Adebayor and the currently suspended Kolo Toure, the Blues have not had unqualified success with their raids on London.

"I am really happy to be joining such a great club," Clichy told

"I hope I can add to the quality we already have here because we have a fantastic squad who I believe will continue to get better.

"I can't wait to get started and I think anything is possible with this team."

Attention will immediately turn to whether he will be swiftly followed north by Samir Nasri, who has been attracting interest from both Manchester clubs.


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