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Man City sign defender Clichy from Arsenal

Updated: 2011-07-05 11:11
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Man City sign defender Clichy from Arsenal
Arsenal's Gael Clichy shoots and scores his goal against Leyton Orient during their FA Cup soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London March 2, 2011. [Photo/Agencies] 

LONDON - Manchester City signed France left back Gael Clichy from Premier League rivals Arsenal on Monday in a deal British media reported to be worth around 7 million pounds ($11.2 million).

The 25-year-old defender underwent a medical before signing a four-year contract with big-spending City.

"I'm really happy to be joining such a great club," Clichy said on the Manchester City website (

"I hope I can add to the quality we already have here because we have a fantastic squad who I believe will continue to get better.

"I can't wait to get started and I think anything is possible with this team."

Clichy spent eight years at Arsenal and made 265 appearances for the North London club after joining from Cannes in 2003.

He has 10 caps for France and won the Premier League title with the Arsenal "Invincibles" team of 2003-04.

Clichy will compete for a place in the starting lineup with Serbian Aleksandar Kolarov who joined City for 19 million pounds last year. ($1 = 0.626 British Pounds)