City strengthen with goalkeeper signing

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Manchester City's squad is looking even more solid after Roberto Mancini was able to confirm his fourth signing of the summer transfer window, with keeper Costel Pantilimon joining the club after a work permit application was granted.

Pantilimon has signed for City for just under £6 million from FC Politehnica Timisoara, making a huge leap from the newly demoted Romanian team to a Barclays Premier League title contender that will play in the UEFA Champions League this year.

The 24-year-old was picked out during Manchester City's Europa League campaign last season after an impressive display against the Citizens, and the stopper is set to replace recently sold Shay Given as the club's back-up goalkeeper.

Pantilimon admits that while it is an exciting move, he still has much to learn.


"Manchester city is a very good team with very good players. It's exciting, it's strange but I'm very happy," he said. "I've seen what's happening with this club, how big it is."

The Romanian stopper added that he will value the experience of supporting Joe Hart, and hopes to help the England international improve at the Etihad Stadium.

"I know he is very good goal keeper, he is the number one keeper for the national team, he is a strong keeper," Pantilimon continued.

"I still have to learn a lot, more than I know now. I know because I have worked with great players, I hope to learn a lot of things and progress."

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