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Update On The Future Of This Manchester City Midfielder: What Should Pep Do?

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In a recent print edition, Sport offered an update on the future of Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. It has been claimed that the German talent has the option to extend his contract at the Mancunian club or sign for Barcelona as a free agent in the summer.

Gundogan’s Impressive Numbers In The Premier League

Gundogan is having another fine campaign at the Etihad Stadium after putting in a string of influential displays at the centre of Pep Guardiola’s midfield. The 32-year-old has featured in 44 matches for the Mancunian outfit this season, netting five goals and picking up five assists in the process across various competitions.

The German sensation has been a reliable performer at the centre of the park as he is averaging 1.7 shots, 1.2 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in Premier League football. He has even been excellent when distributing possession from midfield, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 87.1% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

Gundogan’s current deal at Man City will run out in the summer. Hence, Guardiola will be powerless to stop him from leaving if the player chose to do so later this year.

Manchester City (Ilkay Gundogan)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 26: Ilkay Guendogan of Manchester City is challenged by Martin Odegaard of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on April 26, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

What Should Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Do With Regards To Gundogan?

Gundogan is a solid tackler of the ball and can strike the ball with venom and accuracy from long range. He has a knack for scoring some important goals for his team in the final third and has got the vision to orchestrate a few decent chances in the final third.

The German sensation remains an important member of Pep Guardiola’s match-day squad at the Etihad Stadium. He is still good enough to play regularly for Man City at the highest level.

Thus, Guardiola would be wise to try everything in his power to keep Gundogan beyond the end of this campaign. He has what it takes to help the Mancunian giants challenge for the Premier League title once again next season.

At 32, Gundogan might still have a few good years left in him to play at a high level. Thus, Guardiola should think about keeping hold of him for at least another year rather than lose him to Barcelona on a free transfer later this year.

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