News now: ‘Talks are advanced’: Romano says Man City are close to agreeing new deal for ‘magnificent’ star

A new internal contract for Nathan Ake is reportedly close to being reached by Manchester City.

According to News now report from earlier today, Pep Guardiola and the Manchester club have chosen to reward the Dutchman with a better deal in recognition of his outstanding performance the previous season.

Photo showing Nathan Ake

Recently, a journalist revealed some insider information on how near the two parties are to reaching a settlement.

Fabrizio Romano recently stated the following on Twitter about the subject.

"Manchester City and Nathan Aké are close to agreeing on a new long-term contract," he claimed. Understand that discussions are advanced and that completion is only a question of time. Salary will be dramatically increased, according to News now.

The 28-year-old was acquired by City from Bournemouth during the summer 2020 transfer window for a rumored value of £41 million.

Since then, the center defender has played 81 times for the Citizens in all competitions, contributing seven goals.

Ake played a significant part in City's treble-winning season last year, appearing in 41 games and alternating between left-back and center-back.

Photo showing Manchester City players with their coach

Only Ruben Dias (56) had more clearances at the end of the previous Premier League season than the former Bournemouth player (48).

With that in mind, along with the fact that Paul Dickov praised the defender as "magnificent" for his performance against Bukayo Saka in City's FA Cup match against Arsenal in the fourth round, it's simple to understand why the team is eager to extend him a new contract and thank him for his efforts from the previous campaign.

In the future, Ake will undoubtedly be regarded as one of the most crucial players in Pep Guardiola's squad if he does decide to sign a new contract and can keep putting up spectacular performances on the field.

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