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City splash out £27m to help Danilo realise his Guardiola dream

 

By Paul Burrows

Manchester City have completed the £27million signing of full-back Danilo from Real Madrid on a five-year deal, taking their summer spending past £200million, a record for a single transfer window.

The 26-year-old will join up with his new team-mates on their tour of the United States after agreeing personal terms and passing his medical at the Premier League club.

Danilo said: "I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City.

"There has been strong interest from other clubs, but it has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola. As soon as I heard of his interest, I knew immediately I wanted to be a City player."

Danilo, whose move is subject to receiving a work permit, joined LaLiga champions Real Madrid for €31.5million in the summer of 2015 after helping Porto to back-to-back titles in the Portuguese top flight.

The Brazil international started his career at America Mineiro in his homeland and made the switch to eight-times Brazilian national champions Santos the following season before making the move to Spain.

He made 55 appearances for Real and joins City in top form after winning the Spanish title last season, while with Madrid Danilo also won two Champions Leagues, the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

He hopes to enjoy similar success with the Blues, adding: "Collectively it was a great season because the team won LaLiga and the Champions League.

"You have to learn how to win and I love winning. Undoubtedly it was very important for me being on the pitch and always winning. I am committed to the club, to the city and to Pep's managerial style, and all that helps the club win trophies."

Danilo could come up against his former side as early as next week as City take on Real in Los Angeles in Wednesday's pre-season match.

And he is looking forward to meeting up with his team-mates ahead of the new season.

He added: "The last days have been very long for me because I wanted to be here and meet my team-mates because they're great players, and I want to help them face the new season.

"I had a few words with (City's Brazilian midfielder) Fernandinho and I hope they help me settle down as quickly as possible."

Danilo has predominantly played in the right-back position in the past but it is understood that Guardiola sees the Brazilian playing in a left-back role or that of a holding midfielder.

On his position on the pitch, Danilo says he would be happy to play in any position, as long as he is on the pitch.

"Football is very dynamic and it requires quality players in every position, so I think a player who can play in different positions at a good level has an advantage, and becomes very important for the team as well," he said.

"I prefer just to play, I don't have a favourite position. I am used to playing as right-back but any time I'm on the pitch in the starting 11, I'm always happy.

"He (Guardiola) told me I'm ready and that I can play in several positions, right-back, left-back, midfield. I just hope to help him out as he expects."

Guardiola is, meanwhile, also set to sign Monaco's Benjamin Mendy after the two clubs finally agreed a fee believed to be in the region of £52m.

The French champions recently rejected City's £44.5m bid and held out for the same figure City paid Tottenham for Kyle Walker, who moved to the Etihad last week, after months of negotiations, for a fee of £50m that could rise to £53m including add-ons.

Monaco have proven to be tough negotiators so far during the transfer window, getting a £40m fee from Chelsea for ­Tiemoue Bakayoko and an initial £43m from City for Bernardo Silva.

Fabinho has not been sold yet despite interest from City, Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain, while wonderkid Kylian Mbappe looks set to stay in the principality for at least one more year.

Guardiola has long identified Mendy as the man he wants to be his left-back this season and he will be City's fourth signing after Silva, Walker and goalkeeper Ederson.

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