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In what would come as a huge transfer blow to many Arsenal fans, German international Ilkay Gundogan has joined City from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal.
A creative, technically proficient midfielder, the 25-year old can operate anywhere in the middle of the park and will give incoming City boss Pep Guardiola plenty of options.
Arsenal have been linked with the midfield maestro on and off for the last 2 years including this summer and the news of his signing for a rival club will certainly come as bad news to many Gooners.
In his unveiling speech Gundongan said;
“I’m thrilled to have signed for Manchester City,” said Gundogan. “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.”
The 25 year-old midfielder made 157 appearances over the past five seasons for Borussia Dortmund and has won 16 caps for Germany, scoring four goals.
The central midfielder is currently out injured with a dislocated kneecap, which has ruled him out of Germany’s Euro 2016 campaign and could see him sidelined for a further five months.
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