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Manchester City insert ‘considerable’ add-ons into new Southampton signing’s contract

Manchester City insert ‘considerable’ add-ons into new Southampton signing’s contract

Manchester City and Southampton have agreed two significant additions to Taylor Harwood-Bellis’ contract.

The 22-year-old officially completed his £20million exit from Manchester City on Monday, signing permanently for newly-promoted Southampton after an initial season at St Mary’s during the recent 2023/24 campaign.

The Saints defeated Leeds United 0-1 in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final in May, with Harwood-Bellis making his 46th appearance for Southampton during the historic victory at Wembley Stadium.

The former Manchester City defender made 43 Sky Bet Championship appearances for Southampton and was involved in five goals for Russell Martin’s side across the season.

Harwood-Bellis has won promotion to the Premier League for the second year running, as well as being promoted to the top flight with Burnley in 2023, one of four loan spells in the Championship.

The 22-year-old has previously had spells at Blackburn, RSC Anderlecht and Stoke City, as well as having spells at Turf Moor and St Mary’s.

The Stockport-born defender has been at Manchester City since the age of six and has made eight appearances for Pep Guardiola’s first team, debuting against Preston North End in the League Cup in 2019.

The England Under-21 international could still play for Manchester City in the future as Etihad chiefs have reportedly inserted two key clauses into the defender’s contract with Southampton, including a buy-back option.

The add-ons were structured in a similar way to Leicester City’s signing of Kelechi Iheanacho, and came despite Manchester City making a considerable £20m from the sale of the player.

A Southampton statement confirming the transfer said: “Southampton Football Club is delighted to confirm that Taylor Harwood-Bellis has today completed his permanent transfer to St Mary’s on a four-year contract.

“The 22-year-old central defender arrived on loan from Manchester City last summer, playing a key role in the men’s first team winning back into the Premier League.

“This triggered a clause in the deal that allowed his move to become permanent, with Harwood-Bellis’ new deal starting from today.”