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OFFICIAL: Aleksandar Kolarov joins AS Roma from Manchester City

Thanks for the memories and good luck, Aleks!

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After seven years of faithful service and days of rumors, it’s now official: Aleksandar Kolarov has left Manchester City to join AS Roma.

The Serbian has joined the Italian giants on a permanent basis, with Roma paying City a £5.5 million fee to complete the deal. Kolarov spoke to City’s website about his departure, and he’s clearly very grateful to the Sky Blues for his seven years at the club:

“When I came in 2010, honestly, I didn’t expect to play so long. Today is the day I have to say goodbye. Everything was quick the last couple of days. For me, it’s a very sad day.

“In every part of the Club we have improved not 100 per cent but 200 per cent. Now we are a far better Club than what we were when I came. I am proud that I was part of making City the Club that it is.

“For me it was a great pleasure to play for this shirt.”

Thanks for everything, Kolarov! Good luck in Rome!