Manchester City have signed defender
Danilo from Spanish champions Real Madrid on a five-year
contract for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on
The 26-year-old joined Madrid in 2015 and played 24 matches
for Zinedine Zidane’s side last season as they won the Spanish
league title, sealed their second consecutive Champions Legaue
trophy and won the Club World Cup.
“I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City,”
Danilo told City’s website (mancity.com).
“There has been strong interest from other clubs, but it has
always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola. As soon as I
heard of his interest, I knew immediately I wanted to be a City
“I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to
getting to know my new teammates over the coming weeks.”
British media reports claimed the Brazilian joined City for
a fee of around 26 million pounds ($33.78 million), making him
manager Guardiola’s second major defensive signing in the
current window following Kyle Walker’s arrival earlier this
Danilo, who previously won two league titles in four years
at Portuguese club FC Porto, will join his new team mates in
their pre-season US tour and could face his former club when
City play Madrid on Wednesday.