OFFICIAL: Man City Sign Akanji On Five-Year Deal

September 1, 2022
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Premier League champions Manchester City have completed the signing of Switzerland-born Nigerian defender Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund.

The Cityzens announced that Akanji has put pen to paper on a five-year deal.

“Manchester City have completed the signing of Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund,” City stated in a release on their website.

“The 27-year-old centre-back arrives on a five-year deal, which keeps him at the Club until the summer of 2027.

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“A 41-cap Swiss international who has won trophies in Switzerland and Germany, he follows in the footsteps of Stefan Ortega Moreno, Kalvin Phillips, Sergio Gomez and former Dortmund team-mate Erling Haalandto become our fifth signing of the summer, with Julian Alvarez also arriving following his loan spell with River Plate.

“Akanji began his career at FC Winterthur in his homeland before moving to Basel, where he impressed enough in his three seasons to convince Dortmund to swoop for him in January 2018.

“He made 158 appearances during his four-and-a-half year stay with the Black and Yellows, winning the German Super Cup in 2019 and the German Cup in 2020/21.”

Speaking after completing his move to City, Akanji said on mancity.com:“I am delighted to be here, and can’t wait to get started,” Akanji told mancity.com after completing his move to the Etihad Stadium.

“City have been one of the best teams in Europe over the last few seasons. They are brilliant to watch, play an exciting brand of football and compete for trophies year in, year out, so coming here feels like the perfect next step in my career.

“Pep Guardiola is an exceptional manager, and this is an exceptional squad of players, so this is an exciting opportunity for me.

“I am really looking forward to testing myself in the Premier League and I will do everything I can to help this Club be successful.”

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