Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Nathan Ake from relegated side Bournemouth on a long-term contract running until 2025.
The Cherries’ Premier League fate was sealed on the final day of the season, yet despite their troubles, Ake stood out as a star performer in the heart of Eddie Howe’s defence.
Pep Guardiola has been on the lookout for defensive reinforcements, with the acquisition of the Dutchman announced on the club’s official website.
Ake said of the move: “City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade. 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.”
Ake, a former Chelsea player, moved to Dean Court on an initial loan from the Blues in 2016 before signing a permanent £20m the following year, making 121 appearances across all competitions.