Manchester City complete first signing of the Pep Guardiola era

Ilkay Gundogan Borussia Dortmund

Manchester City have announced the signing of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract, becoming the first signing of Pep Guardiola’s reign for a fee believed to be around £20 million.

The Citizens announced the deal on Twitter, after the German international urged them to do it:

“I’m thrilled to have signed for Manchester City,” said Gundogan on the club’s website. “When I learned of City’s interest my heart was set on coming here and things have moved very quickly.

“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. These are exciting times.”

Aged 15, he signed for Vfl Bochum, making his senior debut during the 2008/2009 season, before moving to FC Nurnberg, clocking up 53 starts between 2009 and 2011.

The midfielder then joined Dortmund in a £4.1 million deal and helped them reach the 2013 Champions League final, before signing a new contract in 2015 that still had a year to run. Therefore, the German club decided to cash in once it became clear the player wanted to move.

Gundogan dislocated a knee cap at the beginning of May and will miss Germany’s Euro 2016 campaign, but City were satisfied by the 25-year-old’s condition and eager to complete the deal early in the summer. The club say he is recovering well from the injury.

Liverpool and Juventus were also said to be heavily interested in the player. Gundogan played under Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund and the German manager was eager to add the midfielder to his squad at Anfield.

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