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Ilkay Gundogan is released from Manchester City after seven years at the Etihad

Manchester City have released captain Ilkay Gundogan, and are yet to sign a new deal with the player amidst keen interest from Barcelona.

Gundogan’s name was published amongst a list of players whose contracts have expired, and whilst it may not mean that the midfielder is set to leave the club, it highlights the uncertainty lingering over his future at the Etihad.

The player shared, as recently as Saturday evening, that he was yet to make a decision over his playing future after the final whistle blew on Man City’s Champions League final victory in Istanbul.

The German international has been at the club since 2016, and was Pep Guardiola’s first signing after the Catalan coach joined the English champions.

But, despite being offered a contract extension to continue playing at the Etihad for the 2023-24 campaign, Gundogan may yet move on, with a move to Barcelona the most likely destination.

The 32-year-old has been tracked heavily by the LaLiga winners, who are keen to move on from Lionel’s Messi snubbing of a return to the Camp Nou, and immediately sign players from a stronger financial position.

Barcelona view the player as suitable replacement for outgoing midfielder Sergio Busquets, who is leaving Catalonia after 18 years, and they hope to win Gundogan’s signature as quickly as possible.

Gundogan may be convinced to leave Guardiola’s side due to the stronger contractual offer made to him by the Spanish outfit, who are reportedly prepared to hand him a three-year contract.


Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online news platform - Politics, Sport & Entertainment. Prevail Inegbenose hails from Irrua, Esan Central LGA of Edo State. He studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. Prevail Inegbenose is a veteran journalist with 15 years of active and practical journalism. He has authored so many write-ups, a lot of which had been published in the newspapers, magazines and social media. Hence Prevail Inegbenose is a Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Author, Communication Expert and Consultant, Social Media Influencer, Project Management Expert, Peace Ambassador and Advocate of Good Governance and Better Society. He's a Pastor, in fact the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja Nigeria.

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