Ake - City really appeals to me

06 August 2020 21:27:42 GMTPlus10

Nathan Ake says it is a dream come true to sign from Manchester City after completing his move from Bournemouth on a five-year deal.

The Dutch international made 105 appearances for the Cherries and despite Bournemouth’s relegation this season, City boss Pep Guardiola clearly believes he can help solidify his team's rearguard.

The Citizens conceded 35 Premier League goals this term and that will need to be improved upon if they are to challenge for the title again next season.

Pep is a manager admired across the world – what he’s done in the game speaks for itself.

Nathan Ake

The centre-back was linked with a return to his former club Chelsea, and despite having the option to match the Citizens offer, Blues boss Frank Lampard opted against the deal.

Ake was also rumoured to be a target for Manchester United but it was Guardiola who secured the 25-year-old's signature.

Despite the interest from elsewhere, Ake says he feels City are the right club for him as he looks to take the next step in his career.

"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."

City are 2.62 to win back their Premier League crown next season while champions Liverpool are 1.83.

Ake's new club are also 12122.00 to win the Champions League this term as they gear up for the second leg of their last-16 tie against Real Madrid.

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