Belgian Winger Jeremy Doku Joins Manchester City
Manchester City has officially completed the signing of winger Jeremy Doku from Stade Rennais in Ligue 1. Both clubs confirmed this move on Thursday, solidifying the Belgium international's transfer to the Premier League champions. Doku has committed to a five-year contract with Manchester City, marking a significant step in his career.
While specific financial terms were not disclosed, reports from British media indicate that Manchester City will be paying Rennes approximately £55 million (equivalent to $69.42 million) for the 21-year-old winger.
Expressing his excitement, Doku conveyed, "This is a great day for me, both personally and professionally. I am a young player with so much learning and improving to do. Working with Pep (Guardiola) and his staff, and playing alongside these world-class players, will make me a much better player. I feel sure of that. Watching City last season was amazing. To win the Treble is the hardest thing in football and they did it. You cannot imagine how exciting it is to be joining this team."
Having joined Rennes in October 2020 from Belgium's Anderlecht, Doku has showcased his skills through more than 90 appearances for the French club across various competitions, netting a total of 12 goals during his time there.
Jeremy Doku becomes the third addition to Manchester City's roster in the ongoing summer transfer window, following the arrivals of Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic and defender Josko Gvardiol at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season.
City's Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, expressed his enthusiasm for the acquisition, stating, "Jeremy is a very exciting young player and I'm so pleased he's joining us. In terms of raw attributes, he has everything a winger needs. He has outstanding pace and he is exceptional in one-on-one situations. I honestly believe working with Pep and the technical staff here at City will see him develop into a world-class attacking talent."
Doku made his debut appearance for the Belgium national team in September 2020, contributing to a 2-0 victory over Denmark in the Nations League. Additionally, he was called up to participate in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where he made one appearance off the bench before Belgium was eliminated during the group stage.