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Colombian forward Marlos Moreno joins Manchester City

LONDON: Manchester City on Saturday has signed Colombia’s teenage forward Marlos Morono on a five year contract.

The 19-year-old arrives from his formative club Atletico Nacional and will spend the 2016-17 season on loan at Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna.

He is reported to have cost City 4.75 million pounds ($6.2 million, 5.6 million euros).

“City are one of the best clubs in the world. It will be nice to experience being part of such a big club. I want to make the most of it,” Moreno told the City website.

“Pep Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world. I think he likes young players very much and he can improve young players tactically and technically.

“It will be great to work with him and to be part of a great team.”

Moreno has been capped seven times by Colombia and helped Atletico Nacional win this year s Copa Libertadores.

He is new City manager Guardiola s seventh close-season signing, following Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gabriel Jesus and Aaron Mooy.

“Marlos is an excellent prospect who has already broken into his national team,” said City s director of football, Txiki Begiristain.

“He s a versatile player, still learning, but we believe he has a fantastic future in the game and with City.

“He makes and scores goals and is an intelligent footballer. We re delighted to have signed him.” – (AFP)