Manchester City have today confirmed the signing of Philippe Sandler from Dutch side PEC Zwolle.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 31, 2018
A deal for the highly-rated defender, who can also operate as a holding midfielder, was arranged in January and has finally been confirmed after the Dutch youth international flew into Manchester on Sunday.
Earlier reports from Holland said PEC have received a club-record fee of €3million for the player, who is expected to be loaned straight out – possibly back to the Netherlands with one of the bigger clubs in the league such as PSV Eindhoven.
Sandler spoke of his move to City all the way back in March, comparing it to a ‘fairy-tale’.
“I heard that scouts from Manchester City were watching me, but you do not expect as a player to go from PEC Zwolle to Manchester City,” Sandler told World Football Index.
“I thought initially that they were keeping tabs on me and did not expect them to approach me or PEC Zwolle during the winter break to transfer to the club.
“But that is what happened and I am delighted.”
The former Ajax academy player was asked about how he came to make his decision to join City, despite interest from Dutch giants.
“Manchester City scouts came to Amsterdam for talks, and they showed how they go about their business and I was very impressed with the plans that they have for me.
“I am really positive about my impending transfer, it’s like a fairy-tale.
“The best manager in the world, Pep Guardiola, is currently in charge there, and he can teach me a lot, and also the style in which they play football attracts me a lot.
“Other clubs here in the Netherlands showed an interest but as soon as Manchester City approached PEC Zwolle, I wanted to speak with them to arrange a deal. Luckily that is what happened.”
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