13th of August 2012 Author: Johnny Karp
Manchester City have confirmed the signing of midfielder Jack Rodwell from Everton for 12 million pounds. The 21-year-old midfielder has signed a five-year contract and the fee could rise to £17m, depending on the club's success with him in the team. Rodwell completed a medical on Sunday before signing a deal to become Roberto Mancini's first signing of the summer.
"Man City are a massive club, the league champions, so it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It's a dream come true," Rodwell said after putting pen to paper. "It will be an amazing experience to make my debut in front of the City fans if I am selected to play next weekend. Obviously I knew the squad is immense with talent here but I believe in my ability. I've just got to work my way into the manager's plans and hopefully things will go well. The hard work starts today as I start to help contribute to the club winning more silverware. The season has started really well with the Community Shield win."
Rodwell had joined Everton's youth system at the age of seven and he rose through the ranks as far as the first team. He represented England at four junior levels before making his senior debut in the in November 2011 in a friendly match against Spain. He has made 85 appearances for Everton and has won two senior caps for England.
"I would like to place on record my thanks to everyone at Everton. The manager David Moyes has been brilliant for me and helped make me the player that I am today," said Rodwell. "I have a special relationship with the chairman, Bill Kenwright, who did not want me to leave."
Jack Rodwell is Manchester City's only big-name new arrival this summer, even though the club have been linked with transfers for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie and Liverpool defender Daniel Agger.
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