Savic signs four-year City deal
Montenegro international arrives after being granted a work permit
Last Updated: 06/07/11 1:24pm
Savic: The versatile defender is looking forward to the challenge at City
Manchester City have confirmed the signing of defender Stefan Savic from Partizan Belgrade on a four-year contract.
As initially revealed by skysports.com, the Montenegro international becomes Roberto Mancini's second signing in three days in the wake of the arrival of former Arsenal full-back Gael Clichy.
Savic, who can play at centre-back or right-back, was granted a work permit by the Home Office thanks to his prominence in the Montenegro national team.
The 20-year-old played his part in holding England to a 0-0 draw in a Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley last October and he is now looking forward to working with players who were rivals.
"I was up against Shaun (Wright-Phillips) when he came on as a substitute and he was very tricky," Savic, who had a trial at Arsenal 12 months ago, told City's official website.
"I never imagined that I'd be team-mates with all those City players within a year and I'm so happy to be at this club.
"I watch the Premier League all the time and I know it's the place to be so I am just looking forward to helping this club achieve great things."
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"I can't wait to play alongside them and all the other fantastic players we have here.
"It is a dream come true and I'm especially looking forward to meeting Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov because they both speak my language and come from the Balkans, too.
"Aleks has already phoned me to welcome to City which makes me feel at home already.
"I watch the Premier League all the time and I know it's the place to be so I am just looking forward to helping this club achieve great things. We have an incredible stadium and I've seen how passionate the City fans are many times on TV.
"Montenegro play England later this year so I'm expecting to have some great banter with the England lads. I'm just really happy to be a City player."