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Manchester City veteran Aleksander Kolarov joins Roma

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Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has joined Serie A club Roma on a three-year deal for a fee of £4.5m.

The 31-year-old, who played 247 times for City, won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups in his seven years with the club.

The Serbia full-back moved to City from Roma’s rivals Lazio for £16m in 2010. His departure will leave the Citizens short of defensive cover as they push to finalise a deal for Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy.

After finalising the deal the Serbian veteran said:

“I am extremely happy to be here,” he said. “I will give 100% and more for Roma. My objective is always the same: to win.”

On leaving City he added:

“When I came in 2010, honestly, I didn’t expect to play so long.
Today is the day I have to say goodbye. For me, it’s a very sad day. I am proud that I was part of making City the club that it is.”

Kolarov is expected to be replaced by Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy as the clubs seem to have agreed to a fee of £52m for the young French defender.

City’s defence options are scarce so Guardiola is also looking to increase his defensive options by signing Real Madrid defender Danilo for £26.5m.

The Citizens have already brought in England international Kyle Walker from Tottenham but their hopes of signing Dani Alves broke down when the Brazilian defender decided to join PSG.