Pep Guardiola reveals why he signed Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has explained why the club signed 27 year old Switzerland international Manuel Akanji from Borussia Dortmund on transfer deadline day.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Guardiola said: “We had an incredible four central defenders before Manuel.

“Aymer [Laporte] has a tough injury and is still a month, month and a half away, and Nathan still has muscular problems. So we could not face this busy schedule with just two central defenders.

“We had a chance to bring someone with one year left on his deal. He is fast, really good in the build-up. We saw this when we faced Dortmund three seasons ago. We are glad he is here.”

Manchester City will play 17 matches between now and the middle of November across the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup.