Guardiola to use Nathan Ake as midfielder

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola will be deploying newly signed defender Nathan Ake as a midfielder at some point.

Ake was signed to bolster City’s central defensive options, but the player hinted that the manager also plans to use him further upfront.

Ake joined the former Premier League champions from Bournemouth in a £40m deal this summer.

Ake has played his football so far in the centre of defence for Bournemouth, Chelsea, and his other loan clubs, with a few games at left-back.

He has also, on a handful of occasions, played in defensive midfield, which is presumably the third position Guardiola referred to.

Speaking to Voetbal International, Ake said: “Then it was about [the fact] that I can play in multiple positions. They are happy with that and they told me that. I think it’s a bonus that I can play football in three positions.

“I think we had a good conversation with each other. There was a warm feeling that felt good right away“.

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