Nathan Ake has lavished praise on ‘unbelievable’ Pep Guardiola after the Bournemouth defender completed his ‘dream’ move for Manchester City.
The Netherlands international has completed a £41m move to the Etihad as Man City seek to strengthen their options ahead of next season, the centre-back becoming the club’s second signing of the summer after the confirmed capture of winger Ferran Torres from Valencia.
Eyebrows have been raised at the substantial fee paid for the 25-year-old’s services, however, Ake having formed part of a Bournemouth side relegated from the Premier League this season with the division’s third-worst defensive record.
The defender adds to City’s defensive options with the side having struggled following the departure of Vincent Kompany and subsequent injury to Aymeric Laporte last season, finishing 18 points adrift of champions Liverpool as they relinquished their Premier League crown.
Ake, however, is in no doubt he is joining ‘the best side in England’ after completing his move to the Etihad and admits he is relishing the prospect of working alongside Guardiola – a manager he says is ‘admired across the world’.
“City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade,” Ake told ManCity.com.
“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.”