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It’s a possibility — Guardiola on Man City star leaving



Guardiola will leave Man City if he looses UCL -- Clarence Seedorf

Following Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup final, manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that there is a possibility of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan leaving the club.

However, Guardiola remains optimistic that the German playmaker will choose to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium, particularly after his outstanding performance that earned him the man-of-the-match award in the final.

Gundogan’s two goals against Manchester United at Wembley sealed the triumph for Manchester City. However, as the midfielder’s contract is due to expire this summer, his future at the Premier League champions remains uncertain.

During a post-match press conference, Guardiola revealed his admiration for Gundogan and his hopes of retaining him in the squad. The manager acknowledged their close relationship, mentioning that they are neighbors and have been friends for many years.

“He knows what I think. Maybe some of you know it, we are neighbors, we live on the same floor, so for many years he has been a close friend of mine,” Guardiola shared.

The Manchester City boss praised Gundogan’s exceptional performance throughout the season, highlighting his impact on the team’s success. Guardiola expressed his desire for a positive resolution to the ongoing contract negotiations, indicating that the club’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, is actively working on securing the midfielder’s future at the club.

“Hopefully, we can finish in a good way. Txiki is working [on the contract]. The season he has done is exceptional,” Guardiola added.

Ilkay Gundogan has been an influential figure for Manchester City since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2016. Over the years, he has developed into a key player in Guardiola’s system, showcasing his versatility and technical ability in midfield. His performances have contributed significantly to Manchester City’s multiple domestic successes.

As the contract discussions progress, the footballing world will eagerly anticipate Gundogan’s decision regarding his future. Manchester City fans, in particular, will hope that the midfielder elects to continue his fruitful spell at the club, considering his instrumental role in their recent triumphs.

Guardiola’s endorsement of Gundogan’s abilities and his desire to retain him in the squad further highlight the importance of the midfielder’s potential contract extension. The outcome of these negotiations will significantly impact Manchester City’s plans for the upcoming season, as they aim to maintain their dominance in English football.