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Published: 09:31 | 2/6/16

City confirm Gundogan signing

Midfielder signs four-year deal

Manchester City have completed the signing of Ilkay Gundogan on a four-year deal from Borussia Dortmund

City have been chasing the 25-year-old for some time and their pursuit of the player continued even after he was ruled out of Euro 2016 with a dislocated kneecap.

Reports suggest City have agreed a £17.8million deal with Borussia Dortmund with the German international becoming Pep Guardiola's first signing since his appointment in February.

"I’m thrilled to have signed for Manchester City,” he told 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 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.”

Gundogan will miss City's pre-season campaign as he continues his recovery from surgery.

Guardiola is expected to overhaul the City squad following Manuel Pellegrini's departure with the club linked to the likes of Paul Pogba and Tonu Kroos.

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