Jack Rodwell: Man City move was once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Former Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell describes joining English champions Manchester City as a "dream come true"

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Jack Rodwell completed a move to Manchester City on Sunday Photo: Adidas

Jack Rodwell

Jack Rodwell has described the chance to join Manchester City as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” after the midfielder swapped Everton for Eastlands on Sunday.

The England international signed a five-year deal at City after completing a £12m transfer from Everton, a fee which could rise to as much as £17m.

Rodwell is Roberto Mancini’s first signing of the summer, and the 21-year-old is confident he can play his way into City’s first-team despite fierce competition for places at the Etihad Stadium.

“It’s amazing,” Rodwell told City’s website. “Manchester City are a massive club, the league champions, so it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s a dream come true,”

“It will be an amazing experience to make my debut in front of them [Manchester City supporters] if I am selected to play next weekend,” he added.

“Obviously I knew the squad is immense with talent here but I believe in my ability. I’ve just got to work my way into the manager’s plans and hopefully things will go well.

“The hard work starts today as I start to help contribute to the club winning more silverware. The season has started really well with the Community Shield win.”

Rodwell made his Premier League debut in Everton’s 1-0 victory over Sunderland in March 2008, and the midfielder went on to score nine goals in 108 appearances for the Toffees.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to everyone at Everton. The manager David Moyes has been brilliant for me and helped make me the player that I am today,” said Rodwell.

“I have a special relationship with the chairman, Bill Kenwright, who did not want me to leave.”

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