Today Manchester City announced the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan for £21m.
Gundogan dislocated his kneecap in training at the start of May ruling him out of Euro 2016. This also leaves him a doubt for the start of next season.
Regardless of this City continued in their persuit…and got their man.
In a statement on Man City’s website, Gundogan said: i’m thrilled to have signed for Manchester City. When I learned of City’s interest my heart was set on coming here and things have moved very quickly. I have loved my time with Borussia Dortmund and I would like to thank the club and the supporters for the five very happy years I spent there.”
They gave me a platform to play on and I became a better player because of the belief, patience and trust they showed in me. Now 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. These are exciting times. I have my best years ahead of me and I think we can achieve great things together. I can’t wait to begin this new chapter in my career.”
Ilkay has a great passing game, is a complete player, and fits perfectly into a fast tempo high pressing style of play.
His energetic and tough-tackling playing style also suggests he would have no problem adjusting to the pace of the Premier League.
City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “lkay is an excellent addition to our team and we are delighted to have him on board. 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.”