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Manchester City Captain’s Future Remains Uncertain: Should Guardiola Retain His Services At The Etihad?

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According to a report from Football.London, The contract situation of Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan has been discussed by his agent, who has weighed in on the possibility of a move to Arsenal or Barcelona.

Contrary to reports suggesting that Gundogan has reached an agreement on a new contract at the Etihad Stadium, his agent, Ilhan, has denied such claims. With just four weeks remaining on his current deal, the German midfielder is set to become a free agent if he doesn’t extend his contract by the end of the month.

Gundogan’s Impressive Form in English Football This Season

Gundogan continues to excel at Man City, making a significant impact in the attacking third. The talented German midfielder has registered 11 goals and seven assists in 50 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side across all competitions this season.

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Manchester City’s German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan poses with the Premier League trophy on the pitch after the presentation ceremony following the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 21, 2023. Manchester City won the Premier League for the fifth time in six seasons on Saturday, taking a first step to a possible golden treble of trophies as second-placed Arsenal lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

At the age of 32, Gundogan has consistently delivered noteworthy performances in the opposition’s half, earning praise for his average of 1.7 shots, 1.2 key passes, and 0.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. His distribution skills from deep positions have also been outstanding, evident from his impressive pass completion rate of 88.2% in the top flight of English football (statistics sourced from whoscored).

Should Guardiola Retain His Services At The Etihad Stadium?

Gundogan’s performances have dazzled both fans and pundits alike. His ability to dictate the tempo of the game and influence proceedings from midfield has been pivotal to City’s success. Not only has he showcased exceptional technical skills, but his tactical intelligence and vision have unlocked numerous opportunities for his teammates. Whether through his precise passing, clever movement, or clinical finishing, Gundogan has consistently made his presence felt.

At 32, Gundogan might still have a few good years left in him to play at his best. However, Gundogan’s impact on Manchester City‘s remarkable season cannot be understated. His goal-scoring prowess, playmaking brilliance, leadership, and resilience have propelled the team to new heights. As City aim to conquer Europe in the Champions League, Gundogan’s influence will be pivotal in their pursuit of an elusive treble.

In order to retain the services of the German midfielder for an additional couple of seasons, Pep Guardiola will need to strategize a compelling plan at the Etihad. With a mere month remaining on his contract, both Arsenal and Barcelona are prepared to present their offers and engage in discussions with Gundogan, potentially leading to his departure from Manchester City.

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