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City offload Garcia to Zenit


Javi Garcia

Javi Garcia

Javi Garcia

ZENIT St Petersburg have wrapped up the signing of midfielder Javi Garcia from Manchester City.

The Spaniard underwent a medical with the Russian club, who are managed by former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, and has signed a four-year contract.

City announced on their website: "Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia has left City to join Zenit St Petersburg on a permanent basis."

The proposed move, thought to be worth around £12million, would end a two-year spell at the Etihad Stadium for Garcia, who joined from Benfica for £15.8million. Garcia (27) was signed under former manager Roberto Mancini but never became a regular starter for the Italian or his successor Manuel Pellegrini. His departure would follow the £10million exit of fellow midfielder Jack Rodwell to Sunderland earlier this month.

City effectively already have a replacement for Garcia in the squad having signed Fernando from Porto in June.

Eliaquim Mangala, Willy Caballero, Frank Lampard, Bruno Zuculini and Bacary Sagna are the other new faces in the champions' squad.