Citizens exit for misfit Bianchi

24 August 2008 10:27
Manchester City misfit Rolando Bianchi has ended his unhappy spell in England after signing for Italian side Torino. The 25-year-old Italian striker joined the Citizens in an £8.8million deal 13 months ago but failed to settle in the Premier League. He was one of the first players brought to the City of Manchester Stadium by former manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. Bianchi made just 19 appearances and scored four goals before being allowed to return to Serie A on loan at Lazio in January. The former Italy Under-21 striker has now penned a five-year contract with Torino. Meanwhile, City's executive chairman Garry Cook has confirmed the club are still active in the market ahead of the close of the transfer window. Manager Mark Hughes has made three new signings - landing Brazilian striker Jo, Vincent Kompany and Tal Ben Haim - since he took over at Eastlands back in June. "We've put some offers out to some players and I think those are well documented," he told the club's official website. "Some of those have been returned to us and obviously it's disappointing, but that doesn't stop us, we're in the market for players and Mark knows what he wants."

Source: ESA