Nathan Ake becomes City's second signing of the summer
By Ric Turner, Fri 07 August 2020 10:24
Dutch international joins Blues in £40m deal
City have signed centre-back Nathan Ake from Bournmeouth for £40m. The Dutch international has signed a five-year contract, and becomes the club's second signing of the summer following the arrival of Ferran Torres.
Ake had been at Bournemouth since 2017, but a departure seemed inevitable following the Cherries' relegation from the Premier League. Ake described his move to The Etihad as "a dream".
“City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade,” he said.
“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 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.”
City's Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Nathan is a quality defender. He was a leader during his time at Bournemouth, and I am so pleased we’ve managed to bring him here.
“He’s strong and 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 level, and we are looking forward to seeing what he can achieve here in the coming years.”