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Tevez seals switch from United to City

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Video by FRANCE 24

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-14

Argentina striker Carlos Tevez has agreed to join Manchester City on a five-year deal, ending weeks of speculation on his future. Tevez spent two years at City's old rivals Manchester United, scoring 34 goals in 99 appearances.

AFP - Manchester City on Monday said they had signed Argentine striker Carlos Tevez, who left Manchester United at the end of the season.

Tevez, 25, has agreed terms with City and is set to sign a five-year deal, his new club said following weeks of rumours regarding his future.

No fee was mentioned but City were expected to have to shell out in the region of 25 million pounds (35 million euros) for the player they have coveted all summer.

"It is terrific news," said City manager Mark Hughes.

"Carlos is an international player of the highest class who possesses all the attributes that will help drive this club forward," Hughes told the club's official website.

"He is not only outstanding technically but he is a reliable goal scorer and someone who will contribute fully to the team ethic. He gives us another exciting, attacking dimension."

City said in a statement: "Personal terms with the 25-year-old have been concluded and the deal has been ratified by the Premier League and the Football Association."

City added that Tevez, who will wear the number 32 shirt next season, will have the mandatory medical check and then link up with the squad on their pre-season tour of South Africa.

Tevez spent two years with United, scoring 34 goals in 99 apearances after joining from West Ham, winning two English Premiership titles and the 2008 Champions League crown.

He started out with Boca Juniors before joining Brazilian side Corinthians in 2005.

Earlier Monday, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson he realised weeks ago that Tevez would not stay at Old Trafford, despite his cult status with fans.

"I half expected Carlos Tevez would be going a long time back. I think he maybe did a deal around January because I spoke to him and gave him an offer on the night we played Inter Milan and he never came back to me," Ferguson told reporters.

"I phoned him on holiday and he never got back to me and I texted him twice and he never got back to me then either, so obviously he had made his mind up a long time ago,

"He was a good player and did well for us. But he obviously assessed the situation and wanted to go somewhere else."

Date created : 2009-07-13

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