Seria A side AS Roma has completed the signing of Aleksandar Kolarov on a three-years deal from Manchester City.
The Serbian international put in seven years at the Etihad Stadium, a period that saw the Club win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups. He will now join up with the Italian side in Boston on their pre-season tour of the USA.
Kolarov did not feature in City’s opening pre-season fixture on Thursday, a 2-0 thrashing to rivals Manchester United in the International Champions Cup, with midfielder Fernandinho and out-of-favour defender Eliaquim Mangala filling the left-back.
He was the only senior full-back to stay on City’s books toward the finish of last season, with Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, and Bacary Sagna all discharged when their contract expired.
Kyle Walker arrived Etihad for an initial fee of £45million from Tottenham and As Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy is scheduled to have his medical this week while Real Madrid’s Danilo;s bid is in progress.
“We don’t have another option, we don’t have full-backs,” Guardiola said when discussing his selections at a post-match news conference.
“I don’t like to work with people who don’t want to stay. Kola helped me a lot last season in terms of many, many things.
“But he had a big chance to go back to Rome where he was before and he spoke to me, the club and asked me to leave.
“I don’t like to stay with players who don’t want to stay. That’s why it’s the best option for everybody.
“I wish him all the best because he’s a really nice guy. We had an excellent relationship. I was very pleased to train him and I wish him and his family the best.”