OFFICIAL: Manchester City signs Borussia Dortmud defender
Manuel Akanji, formerly of Borussia Dortmund, has officially moved to Manchester City after the transfer was finalized.
The center back, who is 27 years old, will be joining the club on a five-year contract, which will keep him there until the summer of 2027.
As our fifth signing of the summer, he follows in the footsteps of former Dortmund teammate Erling Haaland, former Dortmund teammate Stefan Ortega Moreno, former Dortmund teammate Kalvin Phillips, and former Dortmund teammate Sergio Gomez. He has won trophies in both Switzerland and Germany. Julian Alvarez also joined us after his loan stint with River Plate. He has 41 caps for Switzerland.
Akanji began his professional career in his home country of Switzerland with FC Winterthur. He then moved to Basel, where he played for three seasons and was successful enough to convince Dortmund to sign him in January of 2018.
During his time with the Black and Yellows, which spanned almost four and a half years, he played 158 games and won both the German Super Cup in 2019 and the German Cup in 2020/21.
After completing his move to the Etihad Stadium, Akanji expressed his happiness to mancity.com by saying, “I am happy to be here, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Over the course of the past few years, City have consistently ranked among the very best teams in all of Europe. Coming here feels like the appropriate next step in my career because they are incredible to watch, play a thrilling type of football, and battle for trophies year after year.
This is a great chance for me because Pep Guardiola is an exceptional manager, and this team consists of exceptional players.
I cannot wait to put my skills to the test in the Premier League, and you can be sure that I will do everything in my power to ensure that this club achieves its goals.
Txiki Begiristain, Director of Football, stated further that “Manuel has plenty of experience playing at the top level of European football, and we are certain that he will be a significant addition to our squad.” Manuel has lot of experience playing at the top level of European football.
“During his time at Dortmund, he matured into a very excellent defender, and he is now ready to compete in both the Premier League and the Champions League. We were very impressed with his performances during this period, and we are very excited to have him join our team.”
“He possesses all of the desirable qualities we look for in a center back. He is powerful, quick, at ease while in possession of the ball, and he possesses an excellent passing range. The other defenders on this team and our playing style will benefit from his presence.
Everyone at City would like to offer Manuel a warm welcome to Manchester and wish him the best of luck throughout his time spent with the club.