Manchester City have officially confirmed the signing of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
The 25-year-old has penned a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2025., with the Manchester outfit said to have paid £40 million for the transfer.
The Netherlands international also expressed his desire to have joined City, as he feels the club offers him everything he needs to win trophies and have a successful career.
We’re excited to announce the signing of @NathanAke from Bournemouth on a five-year deal ✍️
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 5, 2020
“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.”
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) August 5, 2020
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.”
Ake leaves the Cherries for Guardiola’s side after four years at the Vitality Stadium, which included a loan spell before joining them permanently for £20 million.