Nathan Ake has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester City.

The 28-year-old’s new deal runs until the summer of 2027, with this extension coming on the back of his best season yet.

He made 41 appearances and scored three goals across all competitions during our 2022/23 Treble-winning campaign, emerging as one of the most reliable players in English football.

In his three years at City to date, he has won three Premier League titles, one Champions League, one FA Cup and one League Cup.

The defender, who operates at both centre-back and left-back, says City’s coaching setup offers him the best environment to continue his rapid improvement and believes working with Guardiola has allowed him to see football in a new way.

“This is the best club in the world, I have no doubts about that,” he said.

“Being a Manchester City player makes me incredibly proud every single day.

“It’s a football club that expects excellence in every area, which makes for the perfect environment to improve. It drives me on and makes me better. I am at the stage of my career where I want to keep developing and I can definitely do that here.

“Pep is the best manager in football – a genius who has made me see the game differently – so to be able to work with him for longer is a real privilege. I am so grateful to him for everything he has done for me, both personally and professionally.

“I also want to thank the City fans for their support. I have really felt it since I came here, and it helps me so much. My focus now is on making them proud and winning more trophies.”


Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “We have been delighted with Nathan’s development, so it’s great news for this football club that he is extending his time with us.

“There is no doubt he was a very important part of our Treble success last season, but I believe he can be even better.

“Technically, tactically and physically he has everything we want in a defender – and he is so professional, dedicated and willing to learn, which for Pep is an ideal scenario.

“Nathan is also an incredible human being who has the respect of absolutely everybody at the Club. I am really happy for him and his family, and I am excited to see what more he can achieve here at City in the coming years.”

Everyone at Manchester City would like to wish Nathan all the very best for the remainder of his time here.

A beacon of consistency

Ake joined City three years ago from Bournemouth and has gone on to make 81 appearances for the Club. Last season saw him excel, predominantly at left-back. He played 41 times and showed outstanding consistency, as he finished third in the Etihad Player of the Season awards as City won a historic Treble.

Ake’s footballing journey began at VV Wilhelmus at the age of six, but he moved to ADO Den Haag after two years, before signing for Feyenoord at the age of 12.

He was spotted by Chelsea after scoring against them in the final of the Willem II youth tournament and was invited to London where he met Didier Drogba, who encouraged him to sign for the club. He joined at 16 in 2011.

The defender was a key part of Chelsea’s 2012 FA Youth Cup winning side and then captained their U21s to the 2013/14 U21 Premier League title.

Rafa Benitez handed Ake his debut as a second-half sub against Norwich on Boxing Day 2012 and he made his first start in an FA Cup win over Middlesbrough.


However, his chances at Chelsea were limited and he went in search of regular first-team football. He spent a month on loan at Championship side Reading in 2015, making five appearances, before spending the 2015/16 season on loan at Watford, making 28 appearances for the Premier League side.

Bournemouth offered him a six-month loan the following campaign. He played 12 times and scored three goals for the Cherries and looked increasingly comfortable at the top level. He returned to Chelsea for the second half of the campaign and made five appearances.

Bournemouth made the move permanent that summer, signing Ake for £20 million. He became an essential player for the south coast side and made 109 appearances after joining permanently, scoring eight goals, playing every Premier League game in both the 17/18 and 18/19 seasons.

He collected 68 youth caps for the Netherlands from U15-U21, captaining both the U17s and U19s, and is a two-time European Championships winner having lifted the U17 titles in 2011 and 2012. He was named in the Team of the Tournament at the 2012 U17 Euros, in which he was captain and scored a penalty in the final penalty shootout.

He graduated to the senior and made his full debut in a 2-1 win over Morocco in May 2017 and has now won a total of 37 caps for the Oranje.