Gundogan’s Unexpected Move to Barcelona and the Motivation Behind It
Ilkay Gundogan, Barcelona’s newest addition, has shed light on his decision to leave Manchester City, despite the club’s remarkable success in England.
Having spent seven seasons at Manchester City under the stewardship of former Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola, Gundogan ascended to the role of club captain in 2022.
In his inaugural season as captain, Manchester City achieved a remarkable treble, securing the UEFA Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup titles. Gundogan not only captained the team but also contributed with a goal in the FA Cup final, lifting all three coveted trophies.
Gundogan’s Decision to Join Barcelona: The Inside Story
Despite Manchester City’s considerable success, Gundogan chose not to extend his contract with the club, instead opting for a free transfer to Barcelona in the summer of 2023. The German midfielder has now provided insight into the rationale behind this significant move.
In an interview with DarioAS, Gundogan disclosed that Manchester City’s timing in offering him a new contract was a decisive factor that led him to make the switch to Barcelona, despite the English club’s dominance.
The 32-year-old midfielder explained, “City took a considerable amount of time to initiate contract negotiations. Had they acted a bit earlier, the situation might have been different.”
He added, “Nevertheless, it turned out to be a perfect conclusion, happening at just the right time. Moreover, it fulfilled a childhood dream of mine to play for Barcelona.”