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Tuesday 21 January 2014

On this day in 2009: De Jong becomes latest Man City recruit

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Dutch international's Man City move

  • Nigel De Jong (right) alongside manager Mark Hughes and fellow new recruit Craig Bellamy

  • The Dutch international midfielder amassed 104 league appearances for Man City

  • He helped the club win the Barclays Premier League title for the first time in 2011/12

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

21 January 2009 - Manchester City bring in Nigel De Jong

Manchester City made their third signing of the transfer window, and second in three days, when they secured midfielder Nigel de Jong.

The Dutch international arrived from Hamburg on a four-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee.

De Jong, 24, had joined Hamburg from Ajax in 2006 and s Vincent Kompany.

"Vincent said some nice things about City," said de Jong. "We've kept in touch since he made his move here and when the rumours started that I might be moving to Manchester he contacted me and told me about the atmosphere, the fans and the people behind the club, which made it an easy move for me."

De Jong followed Craig Bellamy and Wayne Bridge into the club and chief executive Garry Cook said: "We had very clear plans going into the transfer window and we're ticking the boxes."

Manchester City were 11th in the table at the time of De Jong's arrival, only four points above the relegation zone. He made his debut alongside Craig Bellamy in a 2-1 win over Newcastle United and was a regular in the side for three seasons before moving to AC Milan in August 2012. Prior to his departure, he helped the club win their first Barclays Premier League title in the 2011/12 campaign.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Man City signed Dutch international midfielder Nigel De Jong