Big changes were widely expected upon the announcement that Pep Guardiola would succeed Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City manager.
The Spaniard would be inheriting a side that slumped to a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League last season and struggled for any sort of consistency throughout.
Weaknesses certainly lie in City’s squad, with the general consensus being that reinforcements are needed in both defence and midfield.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
Article continues below
And it seems Guardiola has taken little time to rectify one of the above issues.
Earlier this morning, City confirmed the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan for £21 million - but only after the 25-year-old asked them to do so.
Article continues below
Read the brilliant tweet Gundogan sent to his new employers below.
Great news for City, who need a box-to-box midfielder of the German’s quality in a squad that largely features defensive-minded players.
Gundogan has since released a statement.
It says: “Hi guys. After five successful years, my time in Dortmund is over. We celebrated many victories and stood together in moments of defeats.
“Special thanks to my BVB coaches Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel. I had a great time with them and advanced to a player of the German national team.
“I’m very thankful to all the employees of the club, my teammates and to the fans who always supported me.”
The Germany international also revealed what convinced him to join City.
“The reason for my transfer,” he added, “is the great opportunity to join Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. Guardiola asked me to go to Manchester and convinced me with his philosophy.
“I believe this is the right step for me at the moment. Under his lead I want to keep on improving my skills as a football player.
“I’m happy that despite my injury I could keep my promise not to leave Dortmund on a free transfer.
“Good luck to BVB for the future. I will give my best to get fit again as soon as possible. Illy.”
Class. It’s not often professional football players make such statements, but it’s clear to see that Dortmund meant a lot to Gundogan.
What a signing for City, though. The 25-year-old hasn’t been without his injuries, but when fit, he’s a wonderful player armed with a superb passing range, excellent work rate and strength.
And when played alongside Fernandinho in the heart of midfield, Guardiola will have a talented and solid partnership capable of providing steel in front of his defence.
Now, the Spaniard must focus on additions to his leaky back line, with a new centre-back of the utmost priority.