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Manchester City Complete Owen Hargreaves Signing

Former Old Trafford man moves to the Etihad Stadium.

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The England midfielder joins as a free agent having left Manchester United at the end of last season. He has put pen to paper on a one-year contract and will train on Thursday.

Though injury has taken its toll on the 30-year-old’s career, Hargreaves has 42 international caps to his name, has won five league titles at home and abroad and was awarded the England Player of the Year award in 2006, beating off competition from Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and City’s own Gareth Barry.

Born and raised in Canada, the Blues new signing moved to Germany at the age of 16 after Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich spotted the midfielder’s potential. There he became just the second English player to win a Champions League medal with a foreign club – the first being former Blue Steve McManaman at Real Madrid.

Bayern won the Bundesliga title on four occasions during Hargreaves’ time at the club and the City new boy also added three German Cup medals to his own personal collection, before starring for England in the country’s 2006 World Cup campaign.

SOURCE: Official Man City website

Whilst clearly this something of a surprise signing it, it is also something of a bargain. Owen Hargreaves has of course struggled with injuries and missed most of the last three seasons, but now the former England international is fighting fit, as evidenced by his hilarious YouTube videos, and we are talking about a double Champions League winner who on his day was considered one of the best in his position.

Hargreaves is hoping to resurrect his career and will be keen to impress Roberto Mancini when called upon. Given that Man City are fighting on multiple fronts the extra strength in depth may well help the club’s progression from Champions League qualifying side to genuine contenders for serious silverware.

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