llkay Gundogan becomes first signing for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City
Manchester United (UK): Manchester City yesterday made llkay Gundogan the first signing of the Pep Guardiola era and the German midfielder said he wanted to do "great things" with the club.
The 25-year-old moved from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract, City announced. Gundogan had refused to extend his deal with Borussia, which ends next year.
Gundogan has won 16 caps for Germany, scoring four goals, but is ruled out of the European Championship finals with a knee injury. "I'm thrilled to have signed for Manchester City," Gundogan 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.
"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."