Serie A: AS Roma sign Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov from Manchester City for reported €5 million fee
Serbian international defender Aleksandar Kolarov became the fourth full-back to leave Manchester City this summer when he completed a permanent switch to AS Roma in Italy on Saturday.
London: Serbian international defender Aleksandar Kolarov became the fourth full-back to leave Manchester City this summer when he completed a permanent switch to AS Roma in Italy on Saturday.
Kolarov, 35, joins fellow full-backs Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta in leaving City since the end of last season.
The move is expected to pave the way for a swoop for Monaco's Benjamin Mendy while Danilo is set to also join City from Real Madrid with the Champions League winners' coach Zinedine Zidance confirming on Saturday that the Brazilian was "gone".
Kolarov spent seven years at the Etihad Stadium, a period that saw City win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups.
"When I came in 2010, honestly, I didn't expect to play so long," Kolarov told mancity.com.
"Today is the day I have to say goodbye. Everything was quick the last couple of days. For me, it's a very sad day."
Steven Gerrard's side were trailing by two goals in the closing stages at Villa Park before Coutinho worked his magic just days after arriving on loan from Barcelona.
Watford drop into the bottom three as a ninth consecutive game without a win piled the pressure on manager Claudio Ranieri.
Under current guidelines, clubs can apply for matches to be postponed if they do not have 13 senior outfield players plus a goalkeeper available.