Rodwell completes City move
Jack Rodwell has signed for Manchester City
Midfielder Jack Rodwell has completed his switch from Everton to Manchester City.
Rodwell came through a medical on Sunday afternoon as his new team-mates were defeating Chelsea in the Community Shield and has signed a five-year contract.
Although the fee was undisclosed, it is believed to be in the region of £12million. There are a number of add-ons as part of the contract, which could eventually push that fee up towards £15m.
Rodwell will wear the number 17 shirt vacated by Jerome Boateng when he joined Bayern Munich last year. The 21-year-old will have little chance to get to know most of his new team-mates though, as he will immediately join up with the England squad for Wednesday's friendly with Italy in Berne.
"I relish the opportunity of playing with some of the best players in the world and continuing my development," Rodwell told www.mcfc.co.uk.
Rodwell has been earmarked as a player of promise for some time. Unfortunately his career has stalled due to a succession of injuries that have hampered his progress and meant he goes into this week's game with just two international caps to his name.
However, he has played a full part in Everton's pre-season programme after being forced to miss the Olympics and will hope to be involved on Sunday when City open their Premier League defence against Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.
"The hard work starts today as I start to help contribute to the club winning more silverware," said Rodwell. "The season has started really well with the Community Shield win."
Not that Rodwell will be getting carried away on the words of manager Roberto Mancini, who has warned his newest recruit not to expect too much too soon.
"He is young and this is the first time he is at a club that plays to win. It will be different for him," said Mancini. "But in a couple of years I am sure he will be a top and stronger midfielder."
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Running dog, just what is your jealous senile rant about. Of course he wants to play for the best team ... that's why he turned down Man U - Who can blame him as they won't be a force any more for a few seasons now (Top six maybe?)
How you arrive at Man City aren't a top team one will never know, that is is farcical. They must be the best in Britain
Seems you have took a leaf out of Sir Alec's book who thinks that every good player wants to, and should play for him. Fans alike too. Just look how he bemoans and call any player or club when he don't get his own way, - or a player chooses to go to a better club! He rants about 'High' wages and TRANSFER fees, when he and Man U have done more than any british club to promote and set the pace in this regards. Then of course it is, 'Bully for us and tough s***T* for any others. What is sauce, Running dog, for the goose is also sauce for the gander and how he and Man U hate the fact that at last other clubs can matcth their wallet!. Get over it. Stick with your over played, over paid and over aged players. Or do what Man u have always done in the past and OUT BID and out price other clubs!
What i don't get about these footballer is why they are such blatant liers. Why don't somebody with a spine come out and say "yeah i moved to city because they offered me double my wages for five years and i don't even have to play for the first team"
Good young talent if you can get him fit and play him. otherwise he may end up like so many young english players no good due to lack of playing time
Considering Man U have been reportedly after him for some time some comments are jealous ones. He is a good young player who could become a great player, but who knows.
Is Mancini attempting to have a bigger "collection" of midfield players than Mourinho amassed at Chelsea? Bit like football card collections back in the 60's except with a price value from a different stratosphere. Rodwell's done well to earn probably £100K+ a week to train with kids and warm a bench once a month. He'll be yet another holding midfielder alongside the likes of Barry De Jong Toure Milner et al.