12 August 2012 23:12
Jack Rodwell has completed his transfer from Everton to Manchester City on a five-year deal.
The England international midfielder joins the Premier League champions for an undisclosed fee, which reports place at between 15 million and 18 million pounds, including a chunk in add-on payments.
The Toffees accepted a bid from Roberto Mancini’s side on Sunday and Rodwell completed a medical while his new side were defeating Chelsea 3-2 in the Community Shield.
“It is an honour to be signing for the champions,” the 21-year-old, who will wear the number 17 shirt, told the official Everton website.
“I relish the opportunity of playing with some of the best players in the world and continuing my development.
“I look forward to working with Mr Mancini and his coaching staff and ultimately playing in front of the City fans at the Etihad Stadium. It will be an amazing experience to make my debut in front of them if I am selected to play next weekend.
“The hard work starts today as I start to help contribute to the club winning more silverware.
“I have a special relationship with the [Everton] chairman, Mr (Bill) Kenwright, who did not want me to leave but this was an opportunity I could not refuse,” Rodwell added.
“I would like to place on record my thanks to everyone at Everton Football Club. The manager (David Moyes) has been brilliant for me and helped make me the player that I am today.
“I would like to place on record my thanks to him and all the coaching staff and players who have worked with me since I joined the academy as a seven-year-old.
“Finally I would like to thank all the fans who have been amazing during my years at Everton. I have enjoyed every minute of my time there and I wish everyone at the club the best of luck for the new season and beyond.”