Nathan Ake has been signed to bolster Manchester Metropolis’s central defensive choices, however the brand new signing has hinted that supervisor Pep Guardiola plans to make use of him in midfield as nicely.
Ake signed from Bournemouth in a £40m deal, turning into the primary centre-back signing since Vincent Kompany departed final summer season. Metropolis are nonetheless hopeful of including a second signing on the again earlier than the switch window closes, with Kalidou Koulibaly the most probably choice.
After a season the place Metropolis’s present 4 centre-backs struggled for type and health, Ake’s arrival is a smart transfer so as to add some depth and high quality on the again.
However the defender has now revealed particulars of a dialog with Guardiola earlier than signing, the place he stated his capacity to play in three positions was one of many major causes that prompted his new supervisor to sanction the switch.
Ake has predominantly performed within the centre of defence for Bournemouth, Chelsea and his different mortgage golf equipment, with a couple of video games at left-back. He has additionally, on a handful of events, performed in defensive midfield, which is presumably the third place Guardiola referred to.
Talking to Voetbal Worldwide (by way of InsideFutbol), Ake stated: “We talked about regular life first. That features the whole lot, household and the way we’re as individuals. That was straightforward and computerized. It’s good to get to know somebody like this, for him too.
“Then it was about [the fact] that I can play in a number of positions. They’re proud of that and so they informed me that. I feel it’s a bonus that I can play soccer in three positions.
“I feel we had an excellent dialog with one another. There was a heat feeling that felt good straight away.“
Metropolis have already got Rodri, Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan who can play on the base of midfield, so Ake is unlikely to be added to that trio as an everyday choice within the place. Nevertheless, Guardiola has experimented with enjoying John Stones there earlier than, so Ake’s familiarity with the position would not rule him out from enjoying there, and he could possibly be a helpful participant to maneuver ahead halfway via a match.