Transfer: Man City finally completes signing of top Madrid midfielder

Rodri will be Pep Guardiola's first major signing this summer

Atletico Madrid have released a statement confirming that Manchester City have activated Rodri's €70 million (£63m/$79m) release clause.

Rodri revealed that conversations with his worldwide teammates about Pep Guardiola, as well as the Man City boss's impressive record of improving players helped persuade him to move to the club.

The 22-year-old Spanish defender signed a four-year contract which will keep him at the club until 2023, with British media reporting City activated a £5.3 million buy-back clause in his contract.

"What City have achieved in the last two years has been unbelievable and I'm looking forward to being part of such a talented squad", Rodri told the club's official website.

"I saw him when he started when I was little and I am close to him (in style), but I also have other skills". 'I'm really happy and excited to be here in Manchester It's a great step for me, a dream for me playing with these players with this coach.

Yet City sources insist Pep Guardiola feels the 34-year-old still has plenty to offer, especially as he is able to fill in at centre-back.

"I like this football so I like watching City games and learn". I am very young and have a lot of things to do.

Malian global Kone and Mendes made 55 Ligue 1 appearances between them last season as Lille finished second, three points clear of third-placed Lyon.

He added: "He works hard defensively, makes himself available to receive the ball and uses it well when in possession".

Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, have wasted no time in finding a replacement for Rodri, as Los Rojiblancos immediately announced the capture of Porto captain Hector Herrera on a three-year deal.

Rodri thrived under Diego Simeone during his only season at Atletico, where he cemented his status as one of the finest holding midfielders in Europe.

He made his global debut in a friendly against Germany a year ago and has made six senior worldwide appearances.

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