Real Madrid defender Danilo joins Manchester City

Manchester City have completed the signing of
Brazilian right-back Danilo from Real Madrid for a
reported fee of £26.5million.
The 26-year-old has signed a five-year contract at
the Etihad Stadium.
Danilo's arrival takes City's spending on full-backs
past the £70m mark this close-season after they
paid an initial £45m for Tottenham's Kyle Walker –
a deal that could rise to an eventual £50m.
City have seen a number of defenders depart the
club since the end of last season. Aleksandar
Kolarov was sold to Roma on Saturday, following
Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna in
leaving.
Pep Guardiola is understood to envisage using
Danilo in a variety of roles, including left-back and
defensive midfield, meaning he would not merely
be cover for Walker on the right-hand side of
defence.

"I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester
City," Danilo told City's official website.
"There has been strong interest from other clubs,
but it has always been my ambition to play for Pep
Guardiola. As soon as I heard of his interest, I knew
immediately I wanted to be a City player.
"I can't wait to get started and I'm looking forward
to getting to know my new team-mates over the
coming weeks."
Director of football Txiki Begiristain added: "Danilo
is a fine player who offers great versatility to our
squad. He can operate in several different roles in
both defence and midfield, increasing Pep's options
ahead of the new season.

"We feel he has all the attributes needed to
succeed at City and we look forward to helping him
develop during his time here."
Danilo joined Madrid from Porto in 2015, having
arrived in Europe three years earlier on the back of
Copa Libertadores glory with Santos.
He endured a tough time in the Spanish capital,
where he became a victim of the Santiago
Bernabeu's infamous boo-boys, forcing head coach
Zinedine Zidane to regularly defend the player.

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