CONFIRMED: Ilkay Gundogan to Barcelona

CONFIRMED: Ilkay Gundogan to Barcelona

Ilkay Gundogan ended his seven-year stay with Manchester City, after finalizing his signing with FC Barcelona for a two-year deal. This transfer happened just weeks after Man City won a historic treble, winning in the Champions League. Gundogan‘s two-year deal with Barcelona includes a whopping £342 million release clause. Additionally, the deal also includes an option for Gundogan to extend his contract for 12 more months. During his seven years with Man City, he was able to contribute 60 goals in his 304 matches with Man City. Additionally, he also ended his campaign with the club with 12 trophies, including their recent treble.

Gundogan turned down Man City’s offer to stay with the club, thus his transfer to Barcelona. He was actually Pep Guardiola’s first signing for Man City when Guardiola first joined the club. As he is now joining a new club with new level of competition, he is hopeful that he could bring his experience for Barcelona. According to Barcelona’s manager, Xavi, he is hoping that Gundogan’s experience can provide additional power for his squad. As Gundogan have proved countless times that he is an all-around midfielder, and will be a huge addition for Barcelona.

Ilkay Gundogan: once a blue, always a blue

Ilkay Gundogan
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Despite parting ways with Man City, Gundogan have nothing but gratefulness for Man City who provided him with a lot of opportunities. It is also the case for Man City, who have been thankful for everything Gundogan provided for Man City. “Ilkay has been a wonderful servant for Manchester City, and he leaves our club on a very special high, captained us to a historic treble,” Man City’s football director said. He also mentioned that Gundogan have been an inspiration to everyone, both on and off the field.

For Gundogan, he experienced a lot of unforgettable moments with the club. “I have been lucky to have experienced so many unforgettable moments in my time here and to have been captain for this extra-special season,” he said. He then thanked Man City for making him realize all his dreams. “They have supported me from the moment I arrived. I owe them all so much for their support. This club made me realize all my dreams, and I will forever be thankful for this opportunity,” he said.

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