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De Jong signs three-year deal with Milan
Published : 31 Aug 2012 15:21:19
Tough-tackling Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong has been included in the AC Milan side to face Bologna after signing a three-year deal, the Serie A cub have announced.
Milan have not yet announced the price of the transfer, but after he put pen to paper Milan said in a statement: "Milan have officially signed Nigel De Jong from Manchester City.
"The Dutch midfielder has signed a three-year contract which ends on June 30, 2015."
Dutch international De Jong, a product of the Ajax school of football, joined City from German side Hamburg in 2009 and played 104 times for the Citizens.
He becomes the latest Dutchman to join the club which helped refine the reputations of compatriots Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard and pushed the Italian club back on to the ladder of success.
De Jong hopes to have a similar effect.
"For me, Milan has always been a really big club, the most decorated in the world. Dutch players have always have a big impact here and I'll be giving 100 percent for this team," he said on www.acmilan.it.
His arrival may go part way to soothing the Rossoneri fans' pain of losing Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, both to Paris Saint Germain, and several other key players including new Inter recruit Antonio Cassano.
De Jong's capture will also sit nicely alongside the signing of Spaniard Bojan Krkic on a one-year loan deal from AS Roma. The club also signed French teenager Mbaye Niang from Caen.
On Thursday Milan, who finished runner-up in last season's Serie A four points behind Juventus, were drawn in Group C of the Champions League with Zenit Saint Petersburg, Anderlecht and Malaga.
Milan opened their 2013 league campaign with a shock 1-0 home defeat by Sampdoria last weekend and will look to make amends Saturday away to Bologna where De Jong, Bojan and Niang will be on the squad list.