Ake outlines his fitness goal

29 July 2021 02:24:45 GMTPlus11
Nathan Ake had a frustrating first season at Man City.

Manchester City defender Nathan Ake says he will try everything he can to be "100 per cent fit" for the new Premier League season.

In their first match of the new Premier League campaign, Man City are 11/20 to beat Tottenham, who are 5/1 to win, with the draw 31/10.

Dutchman Ake moved to City for £41million last year and arrived at the Etihad Stadium with an impressive injury record, having missed only nine matches across three seasons for former club Bournemouth.

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But it was a different story in his maiden campaign for Pep Guardiola's side as an ongoing hamstring problem restricted Ake to only 13 appearances across all competitions.

Ake was back in March

The defender made a return from injury in March but started only four of City's remaining 16 matches in the 2020-21 campaign with Ruben Dias and John Stones having formed a solid partnership at the back.

But ahead of the new season, Ake has racked up 45 minutes of action in a pre-season friendly against Preston and is working his way back to full fitness as City look to defend their Premier League title.

Ake said: "Last year was a strange pre-season and maybe that affected my whole season with the injuries and stuff - I'll be doing everything I can to be 100 per cent fit.

"It's good to be back - it's nice to have a little break and go away but when you come back it's good, you feel happy again.

"I've tried to stay fit over my holiday and do a bit more - we trained with the team yesterday and now had 45 minutes and fitness will come."

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