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Friday, August 31, 2012
De Jong delight at AC Milan switch

Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

Nigel De Jong has officially completed his move from Manchester City to AC Milan and has spoken of his happiness at joining the Rossoneri.

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The move was confirmed by the Manchester City player as he spoke to journalists waiting for him at the airport, also telling them he was looking forward to playing in another great derby encounter.

"Milan will be competitive, both in Italy and in Europe. I'm very happy to have joined Milan," De Jong said. "It is a fascinating club with a great history.

"After having experienced the Manchester derby, I will now get to experience the Milan derby."

De Jong, 27, had less than 12 months remaining on his contract and is believed to have cost the Rossoneri somewhere between €3.5 and €5 million.

Manchester City bought the Netherlands international from Hamburg for €18 million just three years ago and he played 128 games, scoring one goal, during his time at Eastlands.

Meanwhile, Spanish side Malaga have confirmed that they have signed striker Roque Santa Cruz on a season-long loan from City.

Santa Cruz joined City from Blackburn for 17 million in 2009, but has scored just four goals for them and spent last season at Real Betis, scoring seven league goals in 21 starts.

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