Here are the Manchester City morning headlines for Thursday, August 6.
Ake reacts to City move
Manchester City’s summer rebuilding programme has continued with the signing of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth for £40million.
The Dutch international became City’s second signing this week, alongside Spanish winger Ferran Torres, who has joined from Valencia.
Ake is delighted at having made the move.
“Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of world-class players. Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with international pedigree," he said.
“Pep is a manager admired across the world – what he’s done in the game speaks for itself. The success he’s had is unbelievable and the style of football he plays really appeals to me.
“I know I’m going to have to work hard to get into the side, but that’s what I’m here to do. I’ll do whatever I can to make an impact and help the team win silverware.”
Bale to miss Champions League clash
Real Madrid’s 24-man travelling squad for tomorrow night’s Champions League clash at the Etihad Stadium did not include Gareth Bale.
The Welshman came off the bench when the sides met in Spain in February, but he won’t be influencing the outcome of the tie any further.
And despite being suspended for the match, Real’s captain Sergio Ramos did make the trip to Manchester in order to support his teammates.
Real’s full travelling squad can be found here.
Lescott doubts Koulibaly impact
Former City centre-back Joleon Lescott believes Ake is more likely to prove his worth to the side than Kalidou Koulibaly - another transfer target - would.
Speaking to the Football Index Podcast, Lescott gave his opinion on Ake, who sealed his move to City on Wednesday.
“He’s an established Premier League defender and while Bournemouth were relegated, Ake has proven to be more than capable at this level," he said.
Lescott is not so certain regarding Napoli defender Koulibaly, who could follow Ake in joining City this summer.
“There’s no guarantee that Koulibaly could perform in the Premier League as he has done in the Serie A, which is a completely different proposition,” he added.