Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan is doubtful about his future with his current club as he enters the final season of his contract at the Etihad. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keeping in touch with his former midfielder and could end up signing him when his contract expires next summer.
Man city welcomed Kalvin Phillips last Monday, with the £45m signings. But it seems like the arrival of Phillips from Leeds set an uncertainty for Gundogan’s future at City.
Would Jurgen Klopp be wise to attempt a reunion with his former midfielder? With his plan to strengthen the midfield, is Ilkay Gundogan the perfect fit? Can he work with other midfielders? Or he is better at kicking the ball according to his way?
According to Liverpool Echo, Klopp’s admiration for the player has never changed. He named Gundogan one of the best players he has ever coached.
“I spoke with Jurgen about different things,’ Gundogan said.
“He always liked me as a player and I would be a liar if I said he didn’t try. But when I had the opportunity to join City and work with Pep, it was quite clear that I wanted to come here.”
“So I had a great four years with Jurgen and I love him as a person and a manager, but I felt it was time for something else. I wanted to leave Dortmund in Dortmund and didn’t want to think about the time I had with him when I was joining a new club. That was a bit of the reason why I didn’t want to join Liverpool.”
“To be honest I asked his advice, if the Premier League was the right thing for me,” Gundogan would also admit to Sport Bild magazine. “He said ‘yes’ and believed I would feel very well here and that the playing style would be perfect for me. It was good to have my impressions confirmed.”