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Roma Sign Manchester City’s Aleksandar Kolarov

Aleksandar Kolarov has signed a three-year deal with Roma, the Serie A club have announced.

Kolarov has completed a €5m (£4.4m) move to the Stadio Olimpico after being allowed to leave Manchester City.

The 31-year-old enjoyed a successful seven-year spell at the Etihad after joining from Lazio in 2010 but the Serbia international was forced to play a bit-part role last season under Pep Guardiola.

Kolarov will now join up with the Italian club in Boston as they continue their pre-season tour of the United States.

‘When I came in 2010, honestly, I didn’t expect to play so long,’ Kolarov told mancity.com.

‘Today is the day I have to say goodbye. Everything was quick the last couple of days. For me, it’s a very sad day.

‘In every part of the Club we have improved not 100 per cent but 200 per cent. Now we are a far better Club than what we were when I came. I am proud that I was part of making City the Club that it is.

For me it was a great pleasure to play for this shirt.’

The 31-year-old’s departure has cleared the decks for City to launch a world record bid for a defender – as Mendy has been high on their wanted list since impressing in Monaco’s two-legged victory over City in the Champions League’s round of 16.

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