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Former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake completes Man City move

Nathan Ake joins Manchester City

Manchester City have announced the signing of former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake from relegated Bournemouth for £41million.

The center-back passed his medical on Wednesday and signed terms on a five-year deal that will keep him at the Etihad Stadium till 2025.

Ake becomes City’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of winger Ferran Torres from La Liga club Valencia. 

Announcing the deal, City director of football, Txiki Begiristain, said Ake is a quality addition to the squad that will excel under Pep Guardiola.

“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 told the City website. 

“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.”

While the 25-year old says it it a dream come true for him to sign for the Citizens.

“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,” Nathan Ake told the club’s website. 

“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.”

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