Last Updated: June 06, 2023, 15:09 IST
Ilhan Gundogan, the uncle and agent of Ilkay Gundogan, has confirmed that the footballer has not yet finalised his destination for the next season. During an interaction with transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, Ilhan revealed that the Manchester City captain has not signed any new contract with his current club or any other side. Ilhan further added that Ilkay is not quite bothered about his transfer rumours. Instead, the 32-year-old midfielder is putting his entire focus on the upcoming major assignment, the Champions League final. “The recent reports are not true. Ilkay is only focused on the final,” Ilhan said as quoted by Romano on Twitter.
🚨 EXCL. Ilkay Gündogan’s agent Ilhan on rumours of new deal agreed and set to be signed with Man City: “Nothing has been agreed with City or any other club”, told me. #MCFC“The recent reports are NOT true. Ilkay is only focused on the final”, Gündogan’s agent replies. pic.twitter.com/DEKg5GeZiV
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 5, 2023
Ilkay Gundogan will become free to move on when the summer transfer window opens later this month. Arsenal and Barcelona have shown their interest in signing the German midfielder but City have not yet confirmed anything about his future.
Gundogan was the top performer in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup final on June 3. He scored the opener only 12 minutes after the game began at Wembley which is now the quickest goal in the history of the tournament. United could make it all square with Bruno Fernandes converting a penalty in the 33rd minute. In the early phase of the second half, Gundogan once again struck the opposition net with a stunning volley to make it 2-1, a scoreline that persisted till the final whistle.
Ilkay Gundogan has netted six goals in the last five games for Manchester City. His recent flourish of form eliminated doubts that the German international will leave the Etihad after his contract expires this summer. While being asked about his future plans after the FA Cup triumph, Gundogan said, “To be quite honest, I don’t require days like these to feel valued and special at this club. Given all the ups and downs I’ve experienced thus far, I am aware of this and have been here for seven years. We will wait and see since nothing has been decided as of yet.”
Boss Pep Guardiola also wanted Gundogan to stay at Manchester City. Speaking to the BBC after the FA Cup final, Guardiola termed Gundogan “a good friend,” saying, “Director Txiki Begiristain is working on it. I hope he has a chance to succeed. Gundogan has been a good friend of mine for many years because we are neighbours and share the same floor.”
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