Gundogan reveals why he wanted to join Barcelona

The midfielder has expressed his admiration for Barcelona and disclosed how it has influenced his decision.

City boss Guardiola wanted Gundogan to stay but the midfielder disclosed his lifelong desire to play for Barcelona.

Ilkay Gundogan

“If I was going to move, there is only one club in the world that made sense. It was Barcelona or nothing. Ever since I was a little kid, I dreamed of wearing that shirt some day,” he said.

“I am confident that I have a few more years left at the highest level, and I just want to help bring Barcelona back to where they deserve to be.”

The midfielder said talks with Xavi influenced his decision and also the prospects of playing with Lewandoski.

“It will be a reunion with my old friend Lewa, and I’m excited to play under another manager who I have admired for a long time,” he added.

“When Xavi and I talked about the project, it just seemed so natural. I see so many similarities between us as characters and in the way we see the game”.

“I know there’s going to be a lot of pressure at Barcelona. But I love pressure. I love to get out of my comfort zone. I was not looking for an easy landing. I was looking for a new challenge. That’s what this next chapter is all about. I can’t wait to play in the Barcelona shirt”

Ilkay Gundogan agreed to a contract that will keep him at the club until 2025 and includes a third-year’s option.

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