Manuel Akanji, who switched from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, followed up against BVB.
“It wasn’t an easy time for me,” Akanji told dem View about his departure from BVB: “I was part of the team and had an ongoing contract, was focused and kept pushing in training. The principle of performance no longer counted, I sat in the stands, no matter how well I trained.”
When asked whether that was the decision of coach Edin Terzic or the Dortmund bosses, the 27-year-old replied: “You have to ask BVB, I only have a guess.”
The Swiss central defender still had a contract in Dortmund until 2023. BVB wanted to extend it or give up the player immediately. Akanji himself preferred a new task. After a long back and forth, the move to England followed.
Again and again there were reports that Akanji had simply asked for too much salary at BVB. But the 41-time national player doesn’t want to know anything about that.
“I never spoke to Dortmund about numbers. It was never about the money. I found it blatant that I was accused of that out of nowhere,” said Akanji: “It was also strange that it was written that I had a second contract offer There wasn’t even an initial written offer, no negotiations, nothing, because BVB knew from the start that it wasn’t a question of money, but that I wanted a change, so things were said about me that just weren’t true .”
Akanji: BVB? “More transparency is not possible”
It was already clear to him at the beginning of last season that he wanted to leave BVB. “Dortmund informed me very early on that they would like to extend my contract. However, because my agent knew that I would like to take the next step and that a contract extension would not make a transfer any easier, we have the club open and honestly communicated that we will not be extending it. More transparency is not possible,” says Akanji.
On Wednesday there will be a reunion with his former club in the Champions League game between City and Dortmund. The move to coach Pep Guardiola’s team was the right decision for Akanji himself, who has signed a contract until 2027, at least as things stand.
Akanji does not shy away from competition at Manchester City
He noticed that “everything is going a little faster. They are the best players in the world, ManCity have incredible quality that challenges you every day. But that’s what I was looking for as the next step to Dortmund. I want to go under Pep Guardiola getting better every day.”
The enormous competition is not a problem: “I know that every teammate is world class. But I want the challenge of measuring myself against the best. I want to assert myself here and I know where my strengths lie.”