Man City youngster joins Borussia Dortmund
Manchester City youngster Jayden Braaf has completed a free transfer to Borussia Dortmund.
Braaf, 19, has signed a deal with Dortmund until June 2025.
He has had a troubled spell at City and has been made available for a move despite his contract running until the summer of 2023.
The Dutch winger was loaned out to Udinese in January 2021 after it was decided that a change of scenery would be best for all parties, but he sustained a serious knee injury.
He has been recovering in Manchester in recent months and announced on his Instagram page on Thursday that he would be leaving the club.
“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Man City for the faith and support they’ve shown in me over the last few years,” he wrote, alongside a video of his often exhilarating wing play.
“I’ve grown both personally and professionally and wouldn’t be where I am today without their guidance. To my teammates, the academy staff and the fans, thank you!
“A big SO to Nick Oakley for working with me on my rehab and bringing me in the position I’m in now. All the best for the future.”
City signed Braaf from PSV in 2018 and he immediately stood out as one of the most talented, exciting players in their academy, and was popular with his team-mates.
However, any opportunity to become a member of the first-team squad became nigh on impossible over the past two years after City coaching staff decided that his attitude and application in senior sessions did not meet the required standard.
In moving to Dortmund he follows the same path as Jadon Sancho, who moved for a quicker route to first-team football in 2017, and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, 17, who moved to Germany in 2020.