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Manchester City sign young Spanish defender, who will head out on loan

Spanish Segunda División side Girona will continue to benefit from an ongoing partnership with Manchester City after the Premier League side today completed the signing of 22-year-old Pablo Marí from Girona’s rivals Gimnàstic de Tarragona.

Marí is a central defender who rose through the Mallorca youth system before joining Gimnàstic in 2013. His impressive performances led to City exploiting a clause in his contract, allowing him to join any first division team, and he will become the third player signed by the Blues with the specific intention of strengthening Girona. His loan move to Girona is expected to be announced imminently.

Rubén Sobrino and Florian Lejeune were both acquired by City a year ago to help out Girona’s push for promotion, which narrowly failed. Both now play in Spain’s top flight, with City having profited to the tune of £1 million on Lejeune, who joined Eibar, and Sobrino heading to Alavés on loan.

Girona will be hoping again to reach La Liga, which would allow City to both loan them players of a higher calibre, making this relationship mutually beneficial in the long run.

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