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

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent print edition, Mundo Deportivo offered an update on the future of Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan. It has been claimed that the Mancunian club are planning to double the German international’s wages to keep hold of him beyond this summer.

Gundogan’s Impressive Numbers In English Football This Season

Gundogan is enjoying a great season at Man City after performing at a high level for them at the centre of the park. The German talent has found the back of the net nine times and picked up seven assists in 47 appearances for his current employers during this campaign across multiple competitions.

The 32-year-old has been a consistent performer for the Mancunian giants in the opponent’s half as he is averaging 1.8 shots, 1.2 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in Premier League football. He has even been careful when distributing possession in the final third based on his pass completion rate of 87.9% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

The veteran playmaker is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until the end of this campaign. Thus, Man City should consider trying everything in their power to keep hold of him.

Ilkay Gundogan
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 14: Ilkay Guendogan of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester City at Goodison Park on May 14, 2023 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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

Gundogan has a knack for scoring a handful of crucial goals for his team. He can strike the ball with power and precision from long range and is a great finisher in front of the opponent’s goal.

The German talent is also quite clever with his movements in and around the opponent’s penalty box. He can also create some inviting chances for his teammates on the attacking third of the field.

At the moment, Gundogan is playing at a high level. Hence, Man City boss Pep Guardiola should focus on giving him a pay rise so that he can keep hold of the player for the short term.

At 32, the German talent might still have a couple of good years left in his tank to play at his best. Gundogan’s contributions have been immense behind Man City‘s title run this season, so the Mancunian club should try to retain his services beyond this summer as he could help bring even more success back to the Etihad Stadium.

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