Manchester CIty have confirmed the £40million signing of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.
Defender Ake, 25, has signed a five-year deal and becomes City’s second signingof the summer after the Blues landed Ferran Torres from Valencia.
“City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade,” said Ake.
“Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of world-class players. Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with international pedigree. Pep Guardiola is a manager admired across the world – what he’s done in the game speaks for itself. The success he’s had is unbelievable and the style of football he plays really appeals to me. I know I’m going to have to work hard to get into the side, but that’s what I’m here to do. I’ll do whatever I can to make an impact and help the team win silverware.”
Ake, previously of Chelsea, made 29 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth this season, scoring twice and creating two assists as well as providing a solid presence at the back.
He was also linked with City’s bitter rivals Manchester United after cameras picked up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in conversation with him at the end of a game at Old Trafford. The Norwegian boss was alleged to have said “We need a left-footed centre-back, so keep going.”
Responding to those comments afterwards, however, Solskjaer said: “I’ve got seven centre-backs, so I don’t know where that comes from. We’re fine.”
City struggled at the back at times this season, particularly following the long-term injury to Aymeric Laporte, and their fans will no doubt be happy to see the club addressing the problem promptly.
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