Ex-Man City Star De Jong Joins Balogun, Ujah At Mainz

Ex-Man City Star De Jong Joins Balogun, Ujah At Mainz

Netherland international and former Manchester City and AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong has joined Nigerian duo Leon Balogun and Anthony Ujah at Mainz from Galatasaray until the summer of 2018.

De Jong’s signing was announced on Bundesliga’s official website on Saturday.

De Jong, 33, becomes Mainz’s second signing in the January transfer window following the arrival of Ujah from Chinese Super League club Liaoning Hongyun.

“I like Mainz’s story, the club has established itself in the Bundesliga off its own back,” said de Jong upon the announcement of the deal.

“I want to help the team and the club achieve its aims this season and I can only thank Sandro Schwarz and Rouven Schröder for giving me the chance here. I’m really pleased to be back in the Bundesliga, one of Europe’s top leagues.”

The tough tackling midfielder’s first stint in the Bundesliga was with Hamburg whom he spent three seasons with from 2006 to 2009.

He was part of the Manchester City side that dramatically won the Premier League on the final day in 2012.

At international level, he represented the Netherlands at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups in South Africa and Brazil respectively.