man city sign joao cancelo from juventus

10:00    08 Aug 2019

Portugal's Joao Cancelo

Premier League champions Manchester City have completed the signing of Joao Cancelo from Italian giants Juventus.

The deal sees City’s Brazilian fullback Danilo head in the opposite direction.

“City are a fantastic club, with a brilliant manager and I am delighted to be here,” said Cancelo.

“Everything about them has impressed me, from the facilities, to their style of play.

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“I am always looking to develop my game and win trophies and I believe I can do that here, so now I’m really looking forward to the new season and testing myself in the Premier League.”

While partly a swap deal, figures released by Juventus indicate that they received £26.4m from City as part of the transfer.

Cancelo is primarily a right-back, although he can also play on the left. He has been brought to the Etihad Stadium to provide competition for Kyle Walker.

Cancelo revealed that former Benfica teammate Bernardo Silva had given him a glowing report of City.

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“We’ve spoken about it a few times, not regularly but occasionally,” he said. “He told me that it is an amazing club and the atmosphere is great. That’s also one of the reasons why I’ve decided to come.”

Danilo, who won two Premier League titles with City, said: “It’s been a pleasure to be part of the success City have enjoyed in my time here.

“The club have been fantastic with me from day one and I will always be grateful.

“The Premier League title wins will stay with me forever and I will always have City in my heart. The fans, the players and the staff have all been brilliant and I wish the club every success in the future.”


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