New York City FC-bound Eirik Johansen says heartfelt goodbye to Manchester City on Twitter

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The Norwegian goalkeeper has made the jump from the Premier League champions to their MLS-based sister club.

New York City FC signing Eirik Johansen has taken to Twitter to pen a heartfelt farewell to Manchester City as he embarks on the next stage of his career across the pond.

Johansen, 22, first linked up with NYCFC as a trialist during preseason and, after impressing in two substitute appearances, convinced the Blues-backed MLS side to pursue his signature on a permanent basis.

With his stateside switch now confirmed, the Norwegian goalkeeper was quick to praise his now-former club for helping him in his development, while also expressing his excitement at the chance of a fresh start.

Johansen joined the Premier League champions in August 2008 from local club Teie FC and signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2012 after impressing for both the Under-18s and reserves.

He made the first-team bench on a number of occasions but never earned a senior appearance for the club, instead taking in loan spells at Scunthorpe United in 2013 and Norwegian side Sandefjord in 2014.

With little chance of earning regular minutes at the Etihad Stadium, the move seems a sensible own from his perspective, although he still faces a battle to break into the side in New York, with the expansion club now having four keepers on their roster.

Current starter Josh Saunders has also been in tremendous form during the first four games of their inaugural season, conceding just two goals, but head coach Jason Kreis has nevertheless stressed that the Under-21 international will get a chance to impress over the course of 2015.

“We had a good look at Eirik over the course of the pre-season, and he adapted well to the team and to our style of play,” Kreis told the club’s official website.

“It’s always good to have strong competition for places in the team, and Eirik will add to an already strong group of goalkeepers vying for game time. It’s a long season and guys will get their opportunities for various reasons.”

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