Centre-back Akanji has impressed in his three appearances since joining from Borussia Dortmund on deadline day earlier this month, and has managed to keep Ruben Dias, John Stones and Nathan Ake out of the team at times. His debut at Sevilla earned him praise from Guardiola, who compared his style to new teammate Aymeric Laporte and hailed the club for completing the signing.
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City are now five points off the top after Pep Guardiola’s 10 men were beaten 2-0 by Crystal Palace at the Etihad.
The shock news emerged after the Portuguese international appeared to remove all traces of the pretty brunette from his social media.
The Brazilian arrived at the Etihad Stadium in June 2017 for £35 million and has now penned fresh terms until the summer of 2026. Ederson’s previous contract ran out in 2025, but City have moved to secure a longer commitment.
The 24-year-old City centre back was awarded the prestigious prize at Wednesday’s draw ceremony for the 2021/22 Champions League group stages.
The champions lost the Community Shield against Leicester and their Premier League opener at Tottenham without scoring, but they put the Canaries to the sword in the Manchester rain.
Centre back Dias was named England’s Footballer of the Year in the annual vote of the Football Writers’ Association last month following a superb debut campaign after his move from Benfica last year.
The announcement also included the nominations for the women’s prize, as well as the best young players and team of the season for both men and women.
The prize money was increased to £180 million after the Premier League’s broadcasting deals from 2019-20 season.
Dias has made 31 top-flight appearances for Pep Guardiola’s triumphant side after joining for a club-record £65 million from Benfica last September.
Ruben Dias and John Stones – whose defensive partnership has formed the bedrock of City’s record breaking run – were both on target either side of Michail Antonio’s strike at the Etihad.
The 23-year-old centre-back has signed a six-year contract, which keeps him at the Club until the summer of 2026.