Ilkay Gundogan: Former Manchester City captain has ‘a lot to prove’ at Barcelona

The 32-year-old German midfielder captained City to the Premier League title last season, scoring 11 goals in 51 games.

He joined Barcelona on a free transfer and has signed a two-year contract.

“Even though I’m older, I’m prepared for the challenge, and I still have a lot to prove,” Gundogan added.

On Monday, Gundogan was introduced at Barcelona’s training facilities. He will now be coached by Xavi, who played under City manager Pep Guardiola at Barcelona from 2008 to 2012, winning the Spanish treble in 2009.

“The style is very similar to what I played at City,” remarked Gundogan.

“Guardiola and Xavi have a lot in common.” From the first time we spoke, I felt a connection with Xavi. When I chatted with him, I felt Barcelona was on the right course.

“It’s an incredible team, and it’s an incredible opportunity to play in a different league and in a different country.”

“We intend to compete for the Champions League title.” It is a privilege to wear this shirt, and I will do all in my power to win as many titles as possible.”

Gundogan, who formerly coached Manchester City’s Under 16s, is also delighted to work with Barcelona’s young midfielders, whom he describes as “incredible” and “very talented” after both Pedri and Gavi won the Golden Boy award for Europe’s best under-21 player the previous two seasons.

“I come with more experience because my life and career have not been easy, and I believe my experience can help a lot,” he continued.

“They are a very talented young group of players who outperform me.” I’ll be satisfied if I can give them at least 1%.”


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