Swiss signing for City

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Manchester City have added a Swiss-born Italian to their list of foreigners by signing Giuseppe Mazzarelli from FC Zurich.

The midfielder impressed during a reserve match for City on Wednesday and convinced the City chairman, Francis Lee, to give him a chance. But the deal is subject to assorted clauses and means that 22-year-old Mazzarelli has until the end of the season to prove his worth.

"A fee has been agreed but it is a lot of money so it could be subject to us being convinced he is the quality player we think he is, '' Lee said.

"We have only watched him in one reserve game and we will have to wait a little longer to see his qualities. But I have no doubt having seen him play that he is a player of terrific skills and great quality and he will not let us down."

The Georgian striker Mikhail Kavelashvili has returned to the Russian champions, Spartak Vladikavkaz, to think over a pounds 1m move after training with City last week.

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