Pep Guardiola’s first signing at Manchester City has been made official, with BVB Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan joining the club on a four-year contract.
The dynamic box-to-box midfielder, who has joined the Citizens for a reported fee of £20 million, looks set to replace Yaya Toure in the heart of the Citizens’ midfield, and his ability to play anywhere across the midfield will give the former Bayern Munich boss plenty of options.
Despite missing out on Euro 2016 with Germany and most of the last two campaigns due to injury, Gundogan is still one of the most highly-rated playmakers due to his break-out season with Dortmund under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp.
“I’m thrilled to have signed for Manchester City,” he told the club’s official website. “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.”