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Thu Apr 24 05:43:51 SAST 2014

City complete Rodwell signing

Reuters | 12 August, 2012 13:550 Comments
Everton v AEK Athens - Pre-season Friendly
Jack Rodwell of Everton in action during the pre-season friendly against AEK Athens at Goodison Park on August 8, 2012 in Liverpool, England
Image by: Chris Brunskill / Getty Images

Manchester City have completed the signing of midfielder Jack Rodwell from Everton on a five-year contract, the Premier League champions said on Sunday.

The 21-year-old England international became the first major close-season signing for City who beat Chelsea 3-2 in the Community Shield season curtain raiser earlier on Sunday.

Everton earlier confirmed the two clubs had agreed a deal.

“Everton have agreed an undisclosed fee with Manchester City for the transfer of Jack Rodwell,” the club said on their website (www.evertonfc.com).

“The midfielder is set to undergo a medical with the Premier League champions on Sunday.”

Rodwell has been capped twice by England but was not selected for their Euro 2012 campaign after injury.

“I relish the opportunity of playing with some of the best players in the world,” Rodwell said on the City website (www.mcfc.co.uk).

“It will be an amazing experience to make my debut in front of them if I am selected to play next weekend.”

Rodwell has made 85 appearances for Liverpool-based club Everton, scoring five goals.

City manager Roberto Mancini had recently spoken out about the club’s lack of transfer activity.

They have struggled to offload unwanted players such as Roque Santa Cruz and Emmanuel Adebayor while balancing potential new signings with UEFA’s financial fair play rules.

City begin the defence of their Premier League title at home to promoted Southampton on Sunday.

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