Kolarov targets Manchester City silverware


New signing Aleksandr Kolarov believes he can challenge for Premier League and Champions League honours with Manchester City.

The Serbia full-back became ambitious City's latest big-money signing when he joined in a £19million deal from Lazio on Saturday.

Manager Roberto Mancini had already signed David Silva, Yaya Toure and Jerome Boateng this summer, with Kolarov's arrival increasing his spending to approximately £75million since the end of last season.

"I'm very excited to be here at a great club like Manchester City. Even the training ground is fantastic, better than Lazio's," he told the club's official website.

"I'm coming back early next week to train with the players who aren't touring America. I want to start as soon as I can, and I can't wait to meet all the other guys.

"I had the opportunity to join other teams – the names are not important. When I spoke with Mr Mancini, my choice was Manchester City because I know they are a good team. I think maybe a great team.

"The Premier League is the best in the world and he wants us to go further and win the Premier title and the Champions League.

"For a young player like me, this is the best opportunity. It's the dream."

Meanwhile, Mancini has denied suggestions that the arrival of Kolarov will lead to the departure of current left-back Wayne Bridge.

Liverpool are reported to be keen on signing England international Bridge.

"'I want two top-class players for each position," explained Mancini.

"I first saw Kolarov in his Lazio debut back in 2007. I have watched him a lot since then and so have the Manchester City scouts.

"His attacking capability is very good. He is fast and can shoot with power and accuracy.

"He also has the ability to play in numerous positions and is very good in midfield.

"This is an additional benefit to the team. He has a fantastic international career ahead of him. I am looking forward to working with him."

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