Official reports out of Manchester City today have confirmed the signing of Partizan Belgrade defender and Montenegro International Stefan Savic to a four-year contract to play alongside newly-acquired Arsenal fullback Gael Clichy. The move is the second major signing by City in three days.
Savic made 20 first-team starts with the Serbian Champions League-caliber club during their 2010-11 campaign, and even recorded a goal during his short time with their back line. Internationally, the 20-year-old has recorded six appearances with his national team's first squad.
Savic has already received his work permit and will be joining the club immediately.
The biggest question surrounding the youngster at the moment revolves around his ability to continue performing at a high level in English football. Savic is largely unproven thus far in his young career, with only 47 first-team starts for any club.
Still, don't expect a lack of effort, as Savic told Sky Sports: "I never imagined that I'd be teammates with all those City players within a year and I'm so happy to be at this club. I can't wait to play alongside them and all the other fantastic players we have here."
Manchester City fans surely hope that this excitement and optimism can translate into unforgettable performances on the pitch. If it does, expect a Manchester City defensive lineup that is stronger than ever as the club continues to make moves to improve on last season's fourth-place finish.
Said Savic: "I watch the Premier League all the time and I know it’s the place to be so I am just looking forward to helping this club achieve great things."
With reports of the transfer costing City as much as £10 million, the hope is that Savic will consistently demonstrate his ability and thoroughly prove himself to be a vital element of the organization in the coming months.