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Manchester City's Wilfried Bony joins Stoke City on season loan

MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 20:  Wilfried Bony of Manchester City in action during the pre season friendly match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester City
Image: Wilfried Bony has signed for Stoke City

Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony has joined Stoke City on loan for the rest of the season.

Bony - a £28m signing from Swansea in January 2015 - arrived at Stoke's training ground on Wednesday morning and by the afternoon was playing in a training match. 

The Ivory Coast international, who was down the striking pecking order at the Etihad, tweeted: "It's a new day & I look forward to a new exciting challenge."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes told the club website: "Bringing Wilfried in was a no-brainer for us to be perfectly honest, because he knows the Premier League and has scored plenty of goals at this level.

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"He has power, speed and very good physical attributes which will undoubtedly help us, and his technical and finishing skills are outstanding too.

"Eighteen months ago he was being bought for a hugely significant amount of money, so we know that we are bringing in a top-quality striker. 

"Everybody is aware of Wilfried and what he is capable of, and it was no surprise that one of the bigger clubs came in for him on the back of his performances for Swansea - the only surprise has been that he didn't enjoy the success with Manchester City that we all thought he would."

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Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas thinks Bony's loan move from Manchester City to Stoke will prove good business for both parties

Bony told Sky Sports News HQ that he was delighted to be at the Potters.

"It's a good club with a lot of good players so I'm happy to join the team," Bony said. "You see that I've already started training and I'm excited to see more of the team next week and start properly.

"I spoke a lot with my agent [about leaving Manchester City] and we tried to close it today. One week ago he told me about Stoke and it was the best choice for me.

"The most important thing is to enjoy football. I need to play and enjoy life so that is why I'm coming here. I will try to show the fans my best, we will fight for them and I hope they will support us for the rest of the season."

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Wilfried Bony made his Stoke debut playing for their under-23 side just hours after signing for the club.

Bony could make his Premier League debut for Stoke against Tottenham on September 10, in the club's first game after the international break.

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