Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy on Monday signed a mega five-year contract with Manchester City making him the world's most expensive defender.
The 23-year-old, who joined the French champions from Marseille last summer, has agreed a deal reported to be worth a record £52 million (58 million euros, $67 million) for a defender.
"I am sure that over the next few years we will be successful."
Tottenham's Kyle Walker and goalkeeper Ederson are the other players to join a new-look City backline with Mendy's Monaco team-mate Bernardo Silva coming in to bolster midfield.
Guardiola was desperate to add Mendy to his full-back options after releasing Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta this summer, but City's original £44.5 million ($55.7 million, 49.7 million euros) offer was rejected.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss had already lured England right-back Walker to the Etihad Stadium in a deal which could be worth up to £54 million ($70.1 million, 60.1 million euros) and Monaco wanted a similar amount for Mendy.
The deal took a while to complete, but City's director of football, Txiki Begiristain, was pleased to have secured their first-choice target.
"Benjamin has all the qualities we are looking for in a full-back. For such a young player, he has a wealth of top-level experience," he said.
"He is undoubtedly one of the world's best full-backs, our number-one target in this position. We are all delighted to have him here at Manchester City.
"I'm sure he will prove a fantastic addition to the squad."
Mendy becomes City's fifth major signing of the summer and takes their spending to more than £200m (223 million euros, $260 million).
Man City finished third in the Premier League last season behind champions Chelsea and Tottenham.
Date created : 2017-07-24