Ilkay Gundogan surprised many by leaving Manchester City this summer. After the Citizens won the treble, many expected Guardiola to keep the first 11, and enter this season with the same ambitions. However, the German of Turkish origin decided to leave City and sign a contract with FC Barcelona.
Gundogan had an offer from City on the table to extend his contract for another year. In an interview with the media, Gundogan answered the question; Would he extend the contract if it was for two or more years? ‘I’m honest.
And many people don’t know this: In the end, it wasn’t about a year or two. There was no problem with the running time. City waited a relatively long time until the talks really intensified. If this had happened a little earlier, the situation would have been different.
Ilkay Gundogan: I’ve watched almost every game of my former club
Although he is currently a Barcelona player, Gundogan follows every Manchester City match when he can.
There are many beautiful memories behind him and moments he will never forget. Ilkay seems to still be in touch with his former teammates. It is clear that Manchester City is the club where he gave the most and achieved the most.
He still keeps a special connection with the club and its fans ‘So far I’ve watched almost every game of my former club on TV, yes,’ Gundogan continued. ‘I was in Manchester again before the start of the season and had a farewell party with Riyad Mahrez, which all the players also came to.
That was a very nice goodbye. And contact with ex-colleagues and coaches will certainly continue.’ FC Barcelona has huge ambitions this season. Gundogan will be an important factor in achieving those goals.
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