Ilkay Gundogan’s departure from Man City confirmed as he secures Barcelona deal

Ilkay Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan is set to leave Manchester City for Barcelona after agreeing a deal with the Spanish giants.

Txiki Begiristain, the director of football at Manchester City, expressed admiration for the influential Ilkay Gundogan as the expected move of the midfielder to Barcelona was officially confirmed.

Ilkay Gundogan

Despite being offered an opportunity to remain at City, the triumphant team captain opted to join Barcelona on a free transfer. The Catalan club has set his buyout clause at €400 million. Gundogan is anticipated to sign with them until 2025, following the expiration of his current contract.

As Pep Guardiola’s initial signing in July 2016, Gundogan bid farewell in remarkable fashion. He secured the Champions League title earlier this month with a victory over Inter Milan in his 304th and final appearance.

“Ilkay has been a wonderful servant for Manchester City, and he leaves our club on a very special high having captained us to a historic treble,” said Begiristain.

“He has played a huge part in the successes we have enjoyed in recent seasons. Ilkay’s intelligence, leadership and commitment to the club – both on and off the field – has been an inspiration to everyone.

“Ilkay has truly cemented his place in the history of Manchester City. We all wish him well in the next chapter of his career.”


In seven years at Manchester City, Gundogan won five Premier League titles and two FA Cups, four League Cups and the UEFA Champions League.

“I have been lucky to have experienced so many unforgettable moments in my time here. To have been captain for this extra-special season has been the greatest experience of my career,” said the former Germany international.

“First, I would like to thank Pep. To have been able to play under and learn from him for so long has been something I will never forget.

“I would also like to thank all my team-mates – past and present – who have all played such a special part in making my time here so amazing.

“Finally, I would like to thank the incredible City fans. They have supported me from the moment I arrived. I owe them all so much for their support.

“This club made me realise all my dreams and I will forever be thankful for this opportunity.”

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