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The 27-year-old Swiss central defender joined from Borussia Dortmund in September 2022, with Manuel having made more than 150 appearances in total for the Bundesliga club.
He began his career at FC Winterthur in his homeland before moving to Basel, where he impressed enough in his three seasons to convince Dortmund to swoop for him in January 2018.
During the course of his four-and-a-half year stay with the Black and Yellows, Manuel helped Dortmund to win the German Super Cup in 2019 and the German Cup in 2020/21.
He is also an experienced international, having won 41 caps with Switzerland to date, and featured for his country at both the 2018 World Cup finals and EURO 2020.
And, having made an accomplished start to his City career, Akanji will be part of the Swiss squad competing at the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.