Erstwhile Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has become Pep Guardiola’s first signing at Manchester City.
Gundogan who is currently recovering from surgery after he dislocated his kneecap in training is understood to have costed the Citizens around £21 million.
“I’m thrilled to have signed for Manchester City,” the 25-year old Germany international said on City’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.
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“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.”
Gundogan will miss this summer’s European Championships and will not be back for City’s preseason tour to China, which includes a game against his erstwhile club, Dortmund.
However, it is hoped the deep-lying playmaker could be back in action by September