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Jérôme Boateng seals Manchester City move

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Manchester City have completed their first deal of what is expected to be another busy transfer window with the capture of Hamburg defender Jérôme Boateng.

The 21-year-old has agreed terms on a five-year contract with the Eastlands club and will officially become a City player on July 1.

Hamburg and Germany defender Jérôme Boateng signs for Manchester City
Hamburg and Germany defender Jérôme Boateng signs for Manchester City
Photo: mcfc.co.uk

Boateng was in Manchester this weekend to confirm the transfer details before jetting off to South Africa to join up with the Germany team.

No fee was announced by both clubs but it has been reported that the 6ft 3ins defender, who can operate both at centre-back and full-back, cost in the region of £10.5 million.

"This is a very good signing for Manchester City and I am pleased to bring Jérôme to the club," City boss Roberto Mancini told mcfc.co.uk.

"He is a young player who is already of a very high quality, but 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.

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

"And 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, the brother of Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince, becomes the third City signing from Hamburg in recent years, following the arrivals of Vincent Kompany and Nigel de Jong.

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