29-year-old midfielder explains why he chose Man City over Liverpool
Ilkay Gundogan had the opportunity to reunite with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield in 2016 but felt he needed a new challenge without the German boss. Instead, Germany international signed for Man City from Borussia Dortmund and has gone on to win two PL trophies, one FA Cup and two League Cups under the Spanish manager.
Jurgen Klopp signed the midfielder for Borussia Dortmund in 2011 for only €4m, and they went on to win the Bundesliga together the following campaign and reach the Champions League final in 2013.
When the German tactician moved to Anfield in 2015, he was interested in bringing Ilkay to Liverpool the following campaign, but amid their good relationship, Klopp was what put the midfielder off a switch to the Merseyside club.
Having spent four years working with his compatriot, Gundogan fancied a change and linking up with Guardiola at the Etihad was the perfect chance. ‘I wanted to leave Dortmund and didn’t want to think about the time I had with him when I was joining a new club.’
Enjoying life at Man City, the 29-year-old midfielder signed a deal extension at the club last summer which keeps him at Man City until 2023.
While not always a guaranteed starter, the German midfielder was Pep’s first signing at the team and has become an crucial part of their success, starting 15 Premier League matches this campaign and all six Champions League contests.
Ilkay was asked to compare Klopp and Guardiola last year, as one of the few footballers that has played under both, and decided the Reds manager is the more frightening of the two.