Former Manchester City ace Ilkay Gundogan made the decision to join Barcelona on a free transfer this summer.
Ilkay Gundogan, a former captain of Manchester City, moved to Camp Nou last month and has since focused on developing Barcelona’s young prospects.
The German international joined the Spanish giants on a free transfer after his contract at the Etihad Stadium expired. He scored twice as City defeated Manchester United 2-1 in the FA Cup final last month. He agreed to a two-year contract with a staggering €400 million buyout clause.
The 32-year-old Gundogan played 304 times over his seven years at City, tallying 60 goals and 40 assists. He also amassed 14 significant prizes, including five Premier League championships.
The former star of Borussia Dortmund was offered a new contract by City, but he preferred to join the La Liga champions. And he has now explained why he chose to sign with the Spanish powerhouses, confessing that he feels his background will benefit the team’s younger players.
“It’s a dream come true,” remarked Gundogan. “I have fond memories of watching the Barcelona as a youngster under Pep and (Frank) Rijkaard, and ever since I have been a close fan of the team.
We have a relatively youthful roster, and I hope that my experience can assist the younger players advance to the next level. I expect terrific football, and I think the team has a lot of promise.
“I believe the foundation is there and the potential is there; we just need to demonstrate it next season, and that is why I came and joined. I’m dedicated and highly motivated.