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Pep Guardiola affords replace on Ilkay Gundogan contract talks

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Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola has revealed the membership haven’t but given up making an attempt to tie midfielder Ilkay Gundogan right down to a brand new contract.

Gundogan’s present deal expires on the finish of the month and he has been lined up by Barcelona for a free switch, with the Spanish facet assured they are going to have the ability to land the 32-year-old’s signature this summer time.

Dropping Gundogan, the present Metropolis captain, could be an apparent blow to the Premier League captaints. He added additional proof to his worth to the workforce with two long-range objectives in Saturday’s FA Cup ultimate victory, taking his tally for the season to 11 objectives and 7 assists in all competitions.

After the sport at Wembley, Guardiola refused to simply accept defeat in his makes an attempt to maintain Gundogan.

“He is aware of what I believe,” Guardiola stated. “Txiki [Begiristain, football director] is engaged on it. Hopefully he might be profitable.”


Gundogan additionally took the chance to talk out after the sport, stressing his love for Metropolis however refusing to make any commitments.

“I really feel very appreciated on the membership,” Gundogan informed beIN Sports activities. “I’ve by no means been at a soccer membership for seven years.

“So, I believe that reveals how a lot I like this workforce, the supervisor and I like this membership. We are going to see what’s going to occur.”

Guardiola has by no means hidden his want to retain Gundogan, however talks over an extension with Metropolis have up to now confirmed fruitless and Barcelona are decided to make the most of the scenario with a cut price transfer for one of many world’s most in-form midfielders.

The Spanish facet should, nonetheless, watch for La Liga to approve their monetary plan earlier than pushing forward with any strikes.


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