Manchester City signs Serbia defender

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Manchester, England - Manchester City added its fourth new player of the off-season Saturday, signing Serbia defender Aleksandar Kolarov from Lazio for $25 million.

Kolarov, 24, played two games for Serbia at the recent FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He will battle with England's Wayne Bridge to start at left back.

"I want two top-class players for each position," City manager Roberto Mancini said. "I first saw Kolarov when he made his Lazio debut back in 2007. He was composed on the ball had an excellent delivery with his left foot and was technically very able.

"I have watched him a lot since then and so have the Manchester City scouts. His attacking capability is very good. He is fast and can shoot with power and accuracy.

"He also has the ability to play in numerous positions and is very good in midfield."

Manchester previously signed Spain's David Silva, Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure and Germany's Jerome Boateng in deals totaling nearly $100 million.


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