Manchester City complete signing of Stefan Savic
Manchester City have completed the capture of Montenegro defender Stefan Savic from Partizan Belgrade on a four-year contract.
The 20-year-old has been granted a work permit by the Home Office and becomes City's second signing in three days following the arrival of Gael Clichy from Arsenal.
He moves to the Premier League 12 months after a trial period with the Gunners ended without Arsene Wenger declaring an interest.
At the time, it was thought Savic would only have cost the Gunners £2m.
That City might be paying up to five times that sum indicates how well Savic has performed both for Partizan Belgrade, who won the Serbian title last term, and Montenegro, who have rocketed up the FIFA rankings and represent the greatest threat to England's hopes of automatic qualification for Euro 2012.
Indeed, when the two countries fought out a goalless draw at Wembley in October, Savic came face to face with five current City players.
"I never imagined that I'd be team-mates with all those City players within a year," he told www.mcfc.co.uk.
"I can't wait to play alongside them and all the other fantastic players we have here.
"Montenegro play England later this year so I am expecting to have some great banter with the England lads."
Savic's arrival reveals Roberto Mancini's belief that his defence needs strengthening if it is to prove durable enough to challenge for top honours next term after breaking a 35-year trophy drought by landing the FA Cup last season.
Savic will now play alongside Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov and Bosnian Edin Dzeko, who both hail from the same region.
Indeed, Kolarov has already been in touch.
"It is a dream come true and I am especially looking forward to meeting Edin and Aleksandar because they both speak my language and come from the Balkans, too," said Savic.
"Aleks has already phoned me to welcome to City which makes me feel at home already.
"I watch the Premier League all the time. I know it's the place to be so I am just looking forward to helping this club achieve great things.
"We have an incredible stadium and I've seen how passionate the City fans are many times on TV.
"I am just really happy to be a City player."
Latest in Sport
- 1 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 2 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 3 Sussex couple die in suspected Christmas Day 'suicide pact'
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'