Manchester City are set to lose one other of their long-serving stars this summer in line with reports, with Ilkay Gundogan set to hitch Fernandinho on his way out of the exit door at the top of the season.
The German star, 31, has been one in all City’s most impressive midfielders ever since his £20million move from Borussia Dortmund in 2016. He was Pep Guardiola’s first signing at the beginning of the Spaniard’s reign, and despite being tried alongside various partners in his profession, the Dortmund hero has been a mainstay throughout.
Winning three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and 4 Carabao Cups, Gundogan’s trophy cabinet is looking slightly fruitful after an excellent six seasons on the Etihad Stadium.
But in line with the Day by day Mail, Gundogan might be allowed to go away after not being guaranteed game time next 12 months – with the German being spotted on a personal flight to Spain on Monday, raising suggestions that Real Madrid might be a possible next destination.
The report states that whilst talks have been amicable, Guardiola has told the long-serving maestro that he’s free to seek out one other club in the summertime following the ultimate day showdown against Aston Villa. The German only has one 12 months left on his contract, with City seeking to benefit from their last likelihood to recoup a fee.
It is assumed that Gundogan is at a stage in his profession where he expects to be a everlasting starter every week. But with their star-studded squad, that will not be something that City’s coaching staff can afford to supply him.
It is known that any notion of a contract extension has been disregarded to Gundogan, which could have enhanced his decision further.
Real attempted to sign him when he was with Dortmund, and although his trip has been granted by City chiefs – who’ve given their players two days off ahead of the Villa tie – it’s unknown as as to if Gundogan has gone for talks with the Santiago Bernabeu outfit.
Gundogan is essentially the most successful German player in Premier League history, and may have won 4 titles should City beat Villa on the weekend.
And he’s his country’s top scorer within the competition, rating ahead of Jurgen Klinsmann, Leroy Sane and Mesut Ozil.