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Bianchi signs for City

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Rolando Bianchi Emile Mpenza 0708

Sven-Goran Eriksson has made his foray into the transfer market since arriving at Manchester City by completing the signing of Reggina striker Rolando Bianchi.

The 24-year-old moves to City from the Serie A club for an undisclosed fee, and will wear the number 10 shirt.

Rolando’s career began at Atalanta, and following a spell on loan at Cagliari he was transferred there permanently in 2003. 

Two years later he moved to Reggina, where his first season was disrupted by a serious knee injury, sustained in an Under 21 international for Italy.

2006/07 was a much more successful time for Rolando, whose 18 goals played a huge part in the Calabrian club avoiding relegation and saw him become the season’s fourth highest goal scorer in Serie A.

Eriksson is delighted to have the striker on board, and he says: "He scored nearly 20 goals last season in Serie A, which is a lot of goals in such a difficult league. He's young, and I think it's a very important signing because he should have a great future. He's a good footballer as well as a good goal scorer, which is what we need.

"He's very hard working, very strong and he can score - if you can score nearly 20 goals in Serie A and you are not with one of the top clubs like Milan or Juve then you must be talented. It's a good record, and let's hope he continues with it.

"The signing's good because the club has been working very hard, and there will be some more to come in for sure. I hope that the fans will be happy with this first signing, and the rest as well. Then it's up to the player, but I'm very optimistic about Rolando."


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