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‘Ake is so underrated’ Man City react to 40m signing

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Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth centre-half Nathan Ake.

Ake arrives at the Etihad for a fee of £40m and has penned a 5-year deal with the club.

The 25-year-old Dutch International has described the move as “dream” and can’t wait to get going under new manager Pep Guardiola, “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.”

Ake leaves Bournemouth following their relegation from the Premier League, having spent the last three seasons with the Cherries. He was a product of Chelsea’s academy and had previously had a loan spell at Watford.

During this time he’s mainly played at centre back, but can also be used at left-back and even in a defensive midfield role. His versatility and home-grown status will be a big plus for Man City as they look to try to regain the Premier League title.

With Man City still being linked to other defensive players, it remains to be seen how much game time Ake will see.

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