‘That’s why I’m here’ – Manuel Akanji makes Man City vow as he targets starting spot
Manuel Akanji has declared himself ready for the challenge of becoming a regular for Manchester City following his move from Borussia Dortmund.
The Switzerland international joined the Premier League champions from Borussia Dortmund on deadline day in a move worth £15 million.
With fitness concerns piling up in central defence for Pep Guardiola and his staff, Akanji will provide additional cover in a backline that already boasts Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Nathan Ake.
The 27-year-old made his first appearance for Manchester City in the Champions League against Sevilla, but he has yet to be given the chance to play in the Premier League.
That will undoubtedly come, and in an interview with Blick, the centre-back says he hasn’t come to the club to simply make up the numbers.
“I feel like it’s big news [back in Switzerland],” Akanji told the Manchester Evening News. “I have not been there yet since the signing, but Man City is one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“I also want to show I did not come here to be just a random player. I want to be on this team and play as much as possible. Some people might still have doubts about it and I need to prove to them I can do it, and that’s why I’m here.
“Some people might think I came here just as another defender to play some time. I don’t really know what everyone thinks as I don’t read all the newspapers but there are always some doubts on everyone. Even Erling [Haaland] when he came, there were questions over if he could do here the same. Of course, he’s proving them wrong.
“I want to prove myself. I know I am capable of doing it, but I need to show it. That’s all that matters: what you do on the pitch and if you’re ready to cope with it.”