Friday, December 9, 2022

Manchester City Complete The Signing Of Manuel Akanji From Borussia Dortmund

The transfer of Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City has been completed.

27-year-old center defender joins Manchester City on a five-year contract that will keep him with the club through the summer of 2027.

He is a 41-cap Swiss international who has won championships in both Switzerland and Germany. He joins former Dortmund teammate Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, Stefan Ortega Moreno, Sergio Gomez, and Kalvin Phillips as City’s fifth summer additions. Julian Alvarez will also be added to the squad after his loan with River Plate.

Akanji began his career at FC Winterthur in his homeland before moving to Basel, where he impressed enough in his three seasons to convince Dortmund to swoop for him in January 2018.

He made 158 appearances during his four-and-a-half year stay with the Black and Yellows, winning the German Super Cup in 2019 and the German Cup in 2020/21.

“I am delighted to be here, and can’t wait to get started,” Akanji told pressmen after completing his move to the Etihad Stadium.

“City have been one of the best teams in Europe over the last few seasons. They are brilliant to watch, play an exciting brand of football and compete for trophies year in, year out, so coming here feels like the perfect next step in my career.

“Pep Guardiola is an exceptional manager, and this is an exceptional squad of players, so this is an exciting opportunity for me.

“I am really looking forward to testing myself in the Premier League and I will do everything I can to help this Club be successful.”

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Manuel has plenty of experience playing at the top level of European football and we are confident he will be a valuable addition to our squad.

“We have been impressed with his performances during his time at Dortmund, where he has developed into a very good defender and one who is ready to perform in both the Premier League and Champions League.

“He has everything we want in a centre-back. He is strong, quick, comfortable in possession, has an excellent passing range and he will complement the other defenders in this team and our style of play.”

Everyone at City welcomes Manuel to Manchester and wishes him all the best during his time at the Club.

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