Manchester City have completed the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake as Pep Guardiola’s rebuild begins to take shape for next season.
Commenting on his move, Ake spoke of a determination to break into the team and contribute to more trophies for the club
“Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of world-class players. Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with international pedigree,” he said.
“Pep is a manager admired across the world – what he’s done in the game speaks for itself. The success he’s had is unbelievable and the style of football he plays really appeals to me.
“I know I’m going to have to work hard to get into the side, but that’s what I’m here to do. I’ll do whatever I can to make an impact and help the team win silverware.”
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The squad numbers Ake and Torres could take
City have not confirmed the new squad numbers for new signings Ferran Torres or Nathan Ake, but there are plenty of appropriate numbers for a centre-back and winger to take.
Ake wore 5 at Bournemouth while Torres was no.20 at Valencia. Both are currently occupied at City, although these are the numbers below 30 that will be free next season: