Gundogan: Joining Pep’s City is a ‘great opportunity’

Date published: Thursday 2nd June 2016 9:13

Ilkay Gundogan has spoken with delight after his move to Manchester City was finally confirmed.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been linked with the Premier League giants throughout the summer, with incoming manager Pep Guardiola thought to be keen to sign the Bundesliga star.

The deal has now been announced, with Gundogan reported to have signed for £21m on a four-year deal at the Etihad.

The 25-year-old will not feature for Germany in this summer’s European Championship after suffering a dislocated knee, and his return date is thought to fall in September.

“I’m thrilled to have signed for Manchester City,” Gundogan said. “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.”

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