Man City Activate Buyout Clause For First Signing

Man City Activate Buyout Clause For First Signing

Manchester City have paid the €70 million release clause of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri, as a club record transfer edges closer.

In an official statement on their website, Atlético have confirmed that representatives for the Premier League club and the player paid the buyout fee at La Liga's headquarters on Wednesday.

The deal eclipsed the 60 million pounds they paid Leicester City for Algerian global Riyad Mahrez in July a year ago.

The 23-year-old said: "I think City, this last five or six years, have changed the story of football here, not only in Manchester but the whole of England". It isn't just the way they pass, it's not just pretty football, they can hurt you in the final third.

"City's performances over the last two seasons have been incredible and I am very excited about returning and contributing to the club's bid for more success".

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Rodri, who had a five-year contract with Atletico, is City's coach Pep Guardiola's second signing this summer after Spanish defender Angeliño, who has joined from PSV Eindhoven.

Rodri's insane numbers from last season suggests he's the ideal addition to Manchester City's formidable midfield.

He's been brought in to the City set-up to provide support for Fernandinho, who has been virtually irreplaceable under Pep Guardiola over the past few seasons.

"He is a flawless fit for Pep Guardiola's team and we are confident he will be a success".

City had made Rodri one of their main targets this summer, with Guardiola keen to sign a defensively minded player to bolster the Premier League champions' squad.

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