When the then Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini bolstered his midfield with the signing of Javi Garcia – he’s also added to the Premier League’s legion of Wags.

Model Elena Gomez joined Javi in Manchester following his £16m move from Benfica. City ace Javi, who scored on his debut against Stoke, has already introduced his girlfriend to the delights of the local shopping centre since his transfer.

The couple started dating in 2009 when Javi was at Real Madrid. Elena worked in a shoe store at the time, but now, thanks to her increased profile, she’s become a lads’ mag favourite in her homeland of Portugal. Branches of Clarks in Manchester will be gutted – but you certainly can’t blame those Portuguese mags! The move to England can only boost her career, so I’m sure we’ll see more of Elena over the coming years.

It certainly is one of those perks of being a professional footballer, having model girlfriends – but Javi goes one better, with his Portuguese girlfriend carrying that extra Hispanic spice. He’s certainly a lucky fella…

Click on Ms Gomez below to see her in all her glory

Javi Garcia's girlfriend Elena Gomez