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​Nathan Ake insists he has nothing to prove after joining Man City

Nathan Ake insists he has nothing to prove after signing for Manchester City.

The Dutch centre-back completed a £41m transfer to City from Bournemouth in July.

And after four years in the top-flight with the Cherries, the former Chelsea youth insists he has already showed he can compete at the top level.

Ake told The Mirror: "I have not signed for City thinking I can prove all the critics wrong. I have already proved to myself that I have the ability to play at top level – and I love a challenge.

"I showed that when I was a kid playing in my hometown in the Hague and I moved to ­Rotterdam to join Feyenoord. I showed it again when I packed my stuff and moved to Chelsea.

"I have had to work incredibly hard to make it to the top – and I know I am ready. I have also achieved my dream of playing for Holland."

The 25-year-old added that he was excited to work with Pep Guardiola.

"I had to pinch myself in the arm. I was thinking, 'Is this real?'' Ake added.

"When I heard they wanted me to come to Manchester I was bowled over.

"Manchester City are one of the best clubs in the world and Pep Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world.

"I had a really good talk with Guardiola and there was an instant connection. The way City play really suits me. I have played against them so many times and I know how hard it is to face them."

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