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Wilfried Bony joins Manchester City for reported £28m from Swansea

Bony said it was a 'great feeling' to be joining the club.

By Tom Sheen

Manchester City have announced the arrival of Wilfried Bony on a four-and-a-half year deal from Swansea.

The 26-year-old striker moves from the Welsh club for an undisclosed fee, reported to be up to £28m when add-ons are included.

"It’s a great feeling for me, it’s a big honour to be here and it’s a great challenge," Bony, who will wear the No 14 shirt, told the Manchester City website.

"As a player it’s always good to be part of one of the biggest clubs in the world and it’s a good opportunity for me to be in that situation now – I’m really proud. I felt excited to wait for this moment and now it’s come, it’s fantastic.

"I think it’s a great decision for me - Manchester City is in the Champions League.  You remember at the end of last season I said that if I want to move it will be to a team in the competition because it’s a great tournament that I really want to play in and one that I want to win.

"It’s a motivation for me to give my maximum to be in that place. City is a big club with great players with a lot of experience; I believe we can do it."

Earlier today, Swansea had denied the move was official after the Ivory Coast FA jumped the gun by Tweeting Bony has moved. The club posted a message of their own, but when a picture emerged of Bony holding the Manchester City shirt with the head of the Ivorian FA, they moved to announce the deal.

Bony moved to Swansea from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in 2013 and has been hugely impressive, scoring 34 goals in 70 matches for the club.

"He is very difficult to mark because he is so strong," said City manager Manuel Pellegrini. "He is an intelligent footballer who has skill and power. His goals record has been excellent since he came to England. He adapted very quickly to the game here and I think he will settle in at City quickly.

"He will be a very good addition to our squad. We now have four top class strikers and I am looking forward to seeing them work together."

Source: Independent

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