United Kingdom - Manchester City on Thursday 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.
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.
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."
Guardiola officially takes over
from Manuel Pellegrini as City boss on June 30 but reports say he has
set out an ambitious shopping list for the transfer window as the club
seeks to rebound from its fourth place finish in the Premier League last
"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," Gundogan said.
"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 was first tipped as a
possible City recruit when his agent met with City's director of
football Txiki Begiristain in March.
Begiristain said: "Ilkay is an excellent addition to our team and we are delighted to have him on board.
is an intelligent and versatile midfielder who can operate in a number
of different roles. I think our supporters will enjoy his work ethic and
technical ability and I believe he will be a very important player for
us in the coming years."
Gundogan's departure is a new blow for Dortmund.
is the second big name star to leave in 10 days after captain Mats
Hummels signed a five-year deal with Bayern Munich on May 23.
Mkhitaryan, who has been linked to Arsenal and Chelsea, is the next
star tipped to leave Dortmund. He has rejected signing a contract
Borussia are reportedly close to completing the signing
of Bayern's Sebastian Rode and have already bought France Under-21
winger Ousmane Dembele, 18, from Rennes.