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Javi Garcia completes move to Zenit St Petersburg

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Zenit St Petersburg have signed Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia on a four-year deal after the Russian outfit agreed a fee thought to be in the region of £13 million, according to Sky Sports.

Confirmation

"Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia has left City to join Zenit St Petersburg on a permanent basis," a statement on City's website confirmed.

The Spanish international, who joined City from Benfica in 2012, has struggled to force his way into Manuel Pellegrini’s first team, making only 48 appearances during his time in Manchester, and scoring only twice.

With this in mind, one would think that Garcia has made the right decision to move elsewhere, especially considering that if he'd stayed he would probably be pushed further down the pecking order at City, after they strengthened in midfield, signing both Fernando and Frank Lampard.

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Additions for City

Other than Lampard and Fernando, Pellegrini has also brought in a whole host of others. Eliaquim Mangala arrived from Porto, Bacary Sagna from Arsenal, Willy Caballero from Malaga and Bruno Zuculini from Racing Club. It is thought City have spent around £51 million.

However, due to Financial Fair Play breaches last season, City are attempting to stay within the £49million spending limit imposed by UEFA, whilst they can only name a squad 21-players strong in this season's Champions League.

These suppressions mean that City must trim their squad to comply, and the £13 million raised from the departure of Garcia will relieve some pressure on the club's finances.

At just 27, Garcia offers a strong presence in midfield, and becomes Zenit's second signing of the summer after Ezequiel Garay joined back last month.

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