City finalize Assulin swoop

City finalize Assulin swoop

Published Dec. 14, 2010 9:19 a.m. ET

Manchester City have completed the signing of former Barcelona starlet Gai Assulin on a deal that will keep him at Eastlands until June 2013.

The 19-year-old midfielder left the Catalan giants last summer, despite being tipped as one of their brightest prospects.

Assulin has been training with City for a number of weeks, and he has now signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the club.

"I had heard a lot about City, and as soon as I saw the club I wanted to stay," the Israeli international stated.


"I'm at a great club and I hope to be here a long time. I have to take my opportunity and learn every day in training."

Assulin, who became the youngest player to be capped by Israel two weeks before his 17th birthday, revealed former Barca player Yaya Toure had played a part in his decision to move to Eastlands.

"I speak with Yaya every day - and I hope to be playing alongside him.

"I hope to show I can play at this level."