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GARRIDO SIGNS

16 August 2012

Spanish left-back joins on season-long loan

NORWICH City have agreed the signing of 27-year-old Spanish left back Javier Garrido from Serie A side Lazio on a season-long loan deal, subject to the relevant international clearance being received.

The former Manchester City player will become Manager Chris Hughton’s fifth summer signing, joining Steven Whittaker, Jacob Butterfield, Robert Snodgrass, and Michael Turner as new recruits ahead of the new season. City also have an option to extend the deal.

Hughton told Canaries.co.uk: “I’m absolutely delighted to be bringing in somebody of Javier's quality.

“It gives us real competition in the squad, and for me an important factor was the fact that he has played in the Premier League before.

“He has played in La Liga, Serie A, and the Premier League, so he is a player of real experience.”

The experienced Garrido spent the last two seasons with former Italian champions Lazio in Serie A, and also played 49 games in the Barclays Premier League with Manchester City, as well as having three campaigns in La Liga with Real Sociedad under his belt.

Garrido began his professional career in Spain with Real Sociedad, where he played 86 league games between August 2004 and August 2007 – also being capped at international level by Spain Under-17s, 19s, 20s, and 21s.

His performances caught the eye of then Manchester City and former England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson, who spent £1.5M on the full-back, bringing him to Eastlands on a four-year deal in August 2007.

After 49 Premier League appearances for the current Premier League champions, Garrido moved to Rome to join Lazio in a reported £2.5M deal in July 2010, just a week after the £17M arrival of Aleksandar Kolarov at the Etihad Stadium, who moved in the opposite direction.

Garrido played 21 times in two years at Lazio, who ended the 2011-12 Serie A season in fourth position, and will certainly bring some added experience and quality to the Norwich City squad ahead of the new campaign.

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