1 Sep 2012

Man City buy Javi Garcia from Benfica

12:48 pm on 1 September 2012

The English Premier League football champions Manchester City have signed midfielder Javi Garcia from Benfica for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old is expected to fill the gap left by Nigel De Jong, who joined AC Milan earlier in the day, although he can also play in the centre of the defence.

The Spaniard was a regular at Benfica after arriving from Real Madrid in 2009, scoring six times in 73 appearances for the Portuguese club.

Garcia, who has one cap for Spain, will wear the number 14 shirt at City.