OFFICIAL: Ilkay Gundogan leaves Man City to join Barcelona on free transfer

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Barcelona have announced that Ilkay Gundogan will join the club once his contract with Man City expires at the end of the month.

Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan has brought an end to a seven-year stint with the Premier League side and will move to Barcelona once his contract at the club expires.

Gundogan will sign a two-year deal with Xavi’s side, with the option for a third year, after a season where he led the Citizens to the treble.

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Gundogan’s move to Barcelona will add to Xavi’s midfield options during a summer where Sergio Busquets has left the club. The veteran has opted to follow Lionel Messi in moving to MLS side Inter Miami.


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Gundogan’s subsequent contribution helped City attain what has been an unparalleled record of achievement.

Humble and understated off the field, on it his vision and technique – allied to a fine eye for goal – established him as a pivotal figure in Guardiola’s squad.

Appointed captain by his City peers at the outset of the 2022/23 campaign, Gundogan’s final game for the Club saw him captain us to Champions League glory in Istanbul against Inter earlier this month.

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A famous 1-0 win in Turkey saw City crowned champions of Europe for the first time and so secure a historic Treble of Premier League, FA Cup and European Cup, with Ilkay leading the Club to a special place in the record books.

The 2020/21 campaign saw Gundogan’s best-ever goal return, as he claimed 17 goals in total to help City win both the Premier League and Carabao Cup, amongst them a brace that helped underscore a 4-1 win at Liverpool in February 2021, City’s first league success at Anfield since 2003.

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On the international front, his impact for Germany has seen the 32-year-old amass 67 caps to date with Gundogan figuring at both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, where he captained the national squad, alongside appearances at EURO 2012 and EURO 2020.

As well as his contribution on the field, another hallmark of his time at City was a commitment to helping those less fortunate than himself both in Manchester and beyond.

“For me it has been a total privilege and pleasure to be part of Manchester City for the last seven years,” Gundogan reflected.

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“Manchester has been my home and I have felt part of a very special family at City.

“I have been lucky to have experienced so many unforgettable moments in my time here and to have been captain for this extra special season has been the greatest experience of my career.

“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, and 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.

“I will carry City always in my heart. Once a blue, always a blue.”

Reflecting on Gundogan’s major contribution to City, Director of Football Txiki Begiristain paid handsome tribute to his time at the Etihad.

“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 and 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 and we all wish him well in the next chapter of his career.

“And he leaves us knowing that he will always be welcomed at this football club.”

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