Manchester City has secured the services of English defender Nathan Ake for the long haul, with the player extending his contract until July 2027, as officially confirmed by the club.
Ake had an impressive season, featuring in 41 games for City and contributing three goals across all competitions.
“This is the best club in the world, I have no doubts about that. Being a Manchester City player makes me incredibly proud every single day. It’s a football club that expects excellence in every area, which makes for the perfect environment to improve. It drives me on and makes me better. I am at the stage of my career where I want to keep developing and I can definitely do that here.” said Ake in a statement to the club’s website.
Furthermore, Ake praised City’s esteemed manager Pep Guardiola, hailing him as the best in the world and a true genius who has transformed his perspective on the game. He expressed his gratitude for the guidance and support provided by Guardiola, both on a personal and professional level.
“Pep is the best manager in football — a genius who has made me see the game differently — so to be able to work with him for longer is a real privilege. I am so grateful to him for everything he has done for me, both personally and professionally.”
As the Dutchman continues his journey with City, he looks forward to more valuable time under Guardiola’s tutelage. Ake also expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the fans for their unwavering support, which he has felt since day one.
Nathan Ake’s professional career kicked off at Chelsea, where he made his mark after arriving from Feyenoord as a young talent. Subsequent loans to Reading, Watford, and Bournemouth followed, with the latter club eventually acquiring him from Chelsea. Ake joined Manchester City in 2020 and has since proven himself as an integral member of the squad. Moreover, he has represented the Dutch national team since making his debut in 2017. With his contract extension, Ake reaffirms his commitment to the Citizens and their pursuit of further success in both domestic and European competitions.