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Scott Sinclair leaves Swansea with 'great memories'

Scott Sinclair was Swansea's record signing when he joined in 2010 Photo: Neal Simpson / EMPICS Sport

The deal taking Swansea City winger Scott Sinclair to Manchester City has been completed on transfer deadline day. The 23-year-old leaves the Liberty Stadium after two highly successful seasons, during which he played a central role in winning promotion from the Championship, and maintaining Swansea's Premier League status.

I'm just glad everything is settled and that I'm now a City player. Playing alongside some of the best players in the world is exciting for me.

I had a great time at Swansea. I was playing as soon as I signed and I have great memories. I got promotion and scored a hat-trick in the play-off final. They have been great to me.

– Scott Sinclair, Manchester City winger

It's thought Swansea will receive at least £6 million for the winger, who represented Great Britain four times at the Olympics this summer. Sinclair played 82 league games for the Swans, scoring 28 goals.

Scott is going to a huge club with a lot of great players. He has a lot of quality but he will have to fight for his place in the first XI.

If you have a player like that it is better to let him go if the figures are okay for the club. It's important though to remember the contribution he has made to this club over the last few years. We all wish Scott well at Manchester City.

– Michael Laudrup, Swansea City Manager

Sinclair began his career at Bristol Rovers, making his debut at 15, before moving to Chelsea. He spent time on loan at Plymouth, QPR, Charlton, Crystal Palace, Birmingham and Wigan. He moved to South Wales in 2010, joining from Chelsea for £500,000 in a deal that rose to £1.5 million - making him Swansea's record signing at the time.

Sinclair impressed against Premier League winners Manchester City last season Credit: Nick Potts / PA Wire

The England under-21 international scored 19 goals in Swansea's promotion-winning campaign, including a memorable hat-trick in the play-off final against Reading at Wembley. He got eight goals last season, including the club's first in the Premier League, as Swansea finished eleventh. After a summer of speculation, his departure from the Liberty was sealed, when the Premier League champions - and the prospect of Champions League football - came calling.

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