City ambition attracted Koralov

Published Jul. 25, 2010 7:41 a.m. ET

The Eastlands club, who narrowly missed out on qualification for club football's showpiece tournament last season, completed the signing of the Serbia left-back for a reported £19million fee on Saturday. And the 24-year-old former Lazio man cannot wait to get started at his new club. "I'm very excited to be here at a great club like Manchester City. Even the training ground is fantastic, better than Lazio's," he told the club's website. "I'm coming back early next week to train with the players who aren't touring America. I want to start as soon as I can, and I can't wait to meet all the other guys. "I had the opportunity to join other teams - the names are not important. When I spoke with Mr Mancini, my choice was Manchester City because I know they are a good team. I think maybe a great team. "The Premier League is the best in the world and he wants us to go further and win the Premier title and the Champions League. For a young player like me, this is the best opportunity. It's the dream. Kolarov, who has already been granted a work permit but will not join the club's pre-season tour of America, added: "I know a little of the history of Manchester City, I know that it is over 30 years since the club won a trophy. "We want to change that and win a trophy soon for the fans." The signing of Kolarov suggests that Wayne Bridge may struggle for a first-team spot next season, with Liverpool being linked with a move for the former Chelsea defender. But Mancini insists that he wants to have the required strength in depth to challenge for trophies at home and on the continent during the forthcoming campaign. The Italian said: "'I want two top-class players for each position," said the Italian. "I first saw Kolarov in his Lazio debut back in 2007. I have watched him a lot since then and so have the Manchester City scouts. "His attacking capability is very good. He is fast and can shoot with power and accuracy. "He also has the ability to play in numerous positions and is very good in midfield. "This is an additional benefit to the team. He has a fantastic international career ahead of him. I am looking forward to working with him." Meanwhile, City have been given some encouragement into their bid to sign Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli but the Italian club's president Massimo Moratti has effectively said he expects the Premier League side to raise their bid. Mancini is reported to have put in a £24million offer for the front man but so far Inter are refusing to do business. "All depends on whether we can find the measures that are interesting for both us and them," Moratti told "The markets decide the value of the boy, not me. We are currently evaluating what the figures are but also the desire of the player because this is also an important factor."