Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Nathan Ake, on loan from Bournemouth, on a long-term deal that runs until 2025.
The Cherries’ Premier League fate was sealed on the final day of the season, yet despite their struggles, Ake stood out as a star performer in Eddie Howe’s defence.
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Pep Guardiola is on the lookout for defensive reinforcements, with the Dutchman’s acquisition announced on the club’s official website.
Ake said of the move: “City have been the best side in England for the last decade. It’s a dream for me to come here. It’s a top side full of world-class players. You look everywhere in this squad. Put there are big names of international descent.
“Pep is a manager who is admired all over the world – what he has done in the game speaks for itself. The success he has achieved is incredible and the football he plays really appeals to me. Is.
“I know I’ll have to work hard to make the team, 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 was let go with Bournemouth on the final day of last season / Mark Atkins/Getty Images
City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, added: “Nathan is a quality defender. He was a leader during his time at Bournemouth, and I’m delighted we were able to bring him here. He is strong and is quick, and we feel he has the technical and intellectual attributes needed to excel in Pep’s setup.
“Working with this squad, which is full of world-class players, will raise his bar, and we look forward to seeing what he can achieve here in the years to come.”
Ake, a former Chelsea player, moved to Dean Court on an initial loan from the Blues in 2016 before signing on a permanent £20m deal the following year, making 121 appearances in all competitions.
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