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City seal Clichy capture

Manchester City have completed the signing of left-back Gael Clichy from Arsenal.

• Clichy arrives for medical
• Mancini's transfer wishlist
• City move for Clichy, Nasri

Clichy underwent a medical in the North West of England on Monday and has now sealed his exit from Arsenal, eight years after joining the Gunners.

A fee in the region of £7 million has been reported in the media, the defender having entered in the final year of his contract at Emirates Stadium.

The 25-year-old France international becomes City manager Roberto Mancini's first signing of the summer as the Italian plots for life in the Champions League next season.

Clichy, who was Arsenal's only remaining player from their Invicibles side, could be joined at Eastlands by Samir Nasri, according to speculation, with his compatriot's future also uncertain.

"I understand that the people who live in Manchester are the true fans. They are from City," Clichy told City's offical website.

"That is a good point. I won't be bothered by United fans."

"There is no limit at Manchester City," he said of his new club's ability to lift silverware. "Of course, you have to be realistic but there is no limit. Where they have come from in three years is phenomenal. And I want to win things."

"My season was a bit like the team's," reflected Clichy on last season at Arsenal. "We started well and collapsed at the end of the season after the (Carling Cup) final.

"These things happen in football. That is why you can see the importance of having a big squad. We had a few players out at the same time. It was difficult to cope with that. We lost Fabregas and (Robin) van Persie at the same time.

"Sometimes it is difficult to have a lot of players because you have to leave some out. But you need to have a big squad to go all the way. That is why I joined City." Clichy has penned a lucrative four-year contract and is now in direct competition with Aleksandar Kolarov for the left-back berth.

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