Nigel de Jong has joined AC Milan from Manchester City, the Italian club has confirmed.

Nigel de Jong completes move from Manchester City to AC Milan

The Netherlands midfielder, 27, was in the final year of his contract at City and has been linked with clubs throughout the summer.

“He is an important signing for the team – De Jong is an established international,” read a statement on AC Milan’s official website.

De Jong made over 130 appearances for City, scoring two goals.

The 2010 World Cup finalist joined from German club Hamburg in 2009, signing a four-year contract.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said: “I am sorry because Nigel was an important player for us but if he is happy, I am happy for him. I am sure he will do really well in the Italian championship.”

Mancini is hoping to sign three players before the transfer window closes.

“We have another 10, 12 hours to close on these players,” he added. “I think if we close these players, I think we improve our team.”

BBC Sport