Manchester City, leaders of the English Premier League, has announced a loan signing of experienced Chilean soccer midfielder David Pizarro.
Pizarro will play for Manchester City until the end of the season in May, providing extra midfield support as the club makes a run for the Premier League championship crown.
The 32-year-old Chilean joins City from Italian club Roma, where he has been for six years, on a six-month loan with the option for a permanent sale.
Pizarro said he was excited about the move and was looking forward to the challenge of playing in the English league.
“I feel ready,” he told reporters at the Manchester City press conference, speaking through an interpreter. “The fact Man City is trying to win the league is something I like a lot.”
“It is a moment that is important for Manchester City so I need to adapt very quickly, but I think I have the experience to do that.”
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, who worked with Pizarro at Spain’s Inter Milan, announced the move on the Premier League’s transfer “Deadline Day.”
Mancini believes that the Chile international could be an important factor as City targets its first ever Premier League title. “I think he can help us in the next three months because he is a good player. He has good quality,” Mancini said.
“We had this problem with some players away, and now we start to play every three days with the Europa League. We had this chance with David on loan from Roma and it was good for us because I know the player and I think that could be useful for us in the next four months.”
English media reacted positively this week, with The Independent asking, “Is David Pizarro last piece in the Manchester City jigsaw?” and the Manchester Evening News claiming that “David Pizarro can light up Manchester City midfield.”
Pizarro is not the first Chilean soccer whiz to grab the attention of the European media. More than 30 Chileans are playing for European clubs this season, and in January, the Spanish media were singing the praises of fellow Chilean Alexis Sánchez, the “Boy Wonder,” who has been a driving force in his first season at Barcelona.
Pizarro, meanwhile, says he’s all set to make his own mark in England. “I know it is a different league and the referees tend to see the game differently, so I know it is 90 minutes full on,” he told reporters. But, he said, he was “sure that my years playing at the highest level in Italy and in European competitions give me enough experience to contribute.”