Pep Gaurdiola has completed his first signing at Man City boss with the announcement that Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has put pen to paper on a four-year deal.
The German international revealed he had completed this move to the Premier League on Twitter, after completing a reported £20m move to join former Bayern Munich boss Guardiola at Man City.
In a statement on the club’s website, Gundogan was delighted to complete his move to Man City and will give it his all to help bring more silverware to the Eithad Stadium.
“I’m thrilled to have signed for Manchester City,” said the 25-year-old.
“I have a new challenge and that is to achieve great things with City. The opportunity to work with a coach like Pep Guardiola is something I am really looking forward to and I am flattered to be the first signing the Club has made this summer.
“I can promise the City fans I will give everything to help us win titles both in England and the Champions League. I have my best years ahead of me and I think we can achieve great things together.”
The 25-year-old will miss Germany’s Euro 2016 campaign after dislocating his kneecap in early May and he also missed the World Cup in 2014 with a back problem that ruled him out for nearly almost the 2013-14 season.
City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain also said that he thinks Gundogan is a fantastic capture for the club and can’t wait to see him put on the Man City jersey.
“Ilkay is an excellent addition to our team and we are delighted to have him on board,” said the Spaniard.
“He is an intelligent and versatile midfielder who can operate in a number of different roles. I think our supporters will enjoy his work ethic and technical ability and I believe he will be a very important player for us in the coming years.”
@MCFC ANNOUNCE GUNDOGAN! 😉
— Ilkay Gündogan (@Guendogan8) June 2, 2016
Gundogan leaves Dortmund after five years having joined from Nuremberg in 2011 making over 150 appearances for the club helping them to the Bundesliga title in 2012 and were runners-up in the 2013 Champions League final.
I think Gundogan is a fantastic capture for Man City and as a Man United fan, I am frustrated that the Red Devils didn’t go for and at just £20m, it think it will turn out to be a marvellous piece of business by Man City.
With Yaya Toure now 33-years-old, the Ivory Coast international’s best days seem to be behind him but Gundogan will bring some creativity and flair that Man City are very much in need of in the centre of the team.
They only worry may be his fitness but if Gundogan manages to avoid any long-term injuries, he will soon become a key player in the Man City midfield but there is still more work for Guardiola to do before Man City can challenge Europe’s best.