AC Milan sign De Jong from Manchester City

The Dutch enforcer has sealed his switch to the San Siro on deadline day, and is looking forward to getting starting with the Rossoneri after a frustrating time at the Etihad

AC Milan have announced the signing of Nigel de Jong from Manchester City, for an undisclosed fee.

The Dutch defensive midfielder revealed that playing for the Rossoneri has been a childhood dream of his, and is looking forward to seize the opportunity. 

He also challenged his new team-mates to compete for honours both domestically and abroad - saying the quality of the squad is good enough to fight on all fronts.

"I'm happy, AC Milan is a great club and they are a new important chance for me in my life," he told Sky Sports Italia.

"Everyone knows AC Milan's history. Everyone wants to play for AC Milan as a child.

"With this team we can compete both in Italy and in Europe, we have so many good players."

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has praised his clubs recent moves in the transfer markets, and told coach Massimiliano Allegri that only winning Serie A would be an acceptable return on this summer's spending.

"We think De Jong is one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe," he told TV 7 Gold.

"We believe we are making a good last market week with Niang, Bojan and De Jong. We thank president Silvio Berlusconi, who again has built a competitive AC Milan to win the Scudetto.

"[AC Milan coach, Massimiliano] Allegri has to worry now because our goal is no longer the third place, but the first. Among the players arrived in Italy from abroad, De Jong is the best."