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City sign Joao Cancelo

City sign Joao Cancelo
Manchester City have completed the signing of Joao Cancelo from Juventus.

The Portuguese defender has penned a deal which keeps him at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2025 and follows Angelino and Rodrigo to become Pep Guardiola’s third signing of the summer.

“City are a fantastic club, with a brilliant manager and I am delighted to be here,” he said after agreeing personal terms and completing his medical.

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

“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.”

Whilst in Turin, Cancelo established himself as one of Serie A’s best full-backs and City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, believes he can make a valuable contribution to the reigning Premier League champions.

“Joao is a fine player and an excellent attacking full-back who will provide us with a real threat on the right-hand side,” he said.

“We have been impressed with his progress and have no doubt he can continue to shine here in Manchester.

“He fits the profile of player we want here at Manchester City. His best years are ahead of him, he’s technically proficient and has the physical attributes we desire.

“I am delighted we have secured his signature.”

Comfortable on either flank and also capable of playing in a more advanced position, Cancelo provides great delivery from wide areas and boasts exceptional athleticism, using his pace to good effect in both offensive and defensive situations.

His professional career began with Benfica, where he progressed through their academy and won the 2013 Portuguese U19 Championship alongside Bernardo Silva.

He made his senior debut the following season, when the Lisbon giants claimed a domestic treble, but joined Valencia on a year-long loan in 2014/15 and did enough in 13 games to convince Los Che to make the deal permanent.

He went on to play 77 times over the next two campaigns before heading off on loan again, this time to Inter Milan, where he thrived.

Cancelo’s form convinced Juventus to swoop for him last summer and he continued to impress in Turin, winning praise for his committed attacking play which yielded one goal and five assists in 34 games as Juve lifted an eighth successive Serie A title.

He followed that up with his first taste of international success, winning the inaugural UEFA Nations League title with Portugal this summer.

Everyone at Manchester City welcomes Joao to the Club and wishes him the best of luck throughout his time here.