GUN NING FOR DEAL
PEP Guardiola indicated City want to cement Ilkay Gundogan’s future at the club with a new contract.
The German midfielder was the first new face of the Guardiola era in 2016 but having arrived injured, he suffered another problem that spoiled his debut season with the club.
He has since proved himself to be an invaluable member of the first team squad that can thrive in attacking midfield or further back when required.
With just 18 months left on the initial deal he signed at the Etihad, Guardiola said the 28-year-old knows that the club would like him to extend his stay.
“He knows what we want, but it’s in our hands,” the manager said. “Gundogan played the last two games like a holding midfielder, he had more space than usual - but he was so clever. He made an incredible assist and a lot of passes before the finish.
“His quality is incredible, we knew that. Unfortunately, the first season was a long injury, like [Benjamin] Mendy last season - and when he’s fit, he’s an incredible player. He can play that holding midfield role, he has the quality and the vision to pass.
“He’s a fantastic player.”