Ilkay Gündogan is leaving Manchester City after seven seasons. The midfielder is going to FC Barcelona free of charge. He will sign a contract for two seasons, with an option for an additional year. He will earn 10 million euros a year in Catalonia.
That Gündogan is leaving the club is a hard sell for Manchester City. Since his arrival, the German has played 304 games and won numerous awards. Coach Josep Guardiola urged the club to go the extra mile to keep his captain but to no avail. The length of his contract proved too great an obstacle. The Citizens wanted to sign him for one year, while Gündogan wanted to sign for two.
Barcelona did not find those two years a problem. A personal agreement was already reached with Gündogan last Monday and he passed the medical on Wednesday. Now all folds have been ironed out and the 32-year-old midfielder signs for two years, with an option for another year. 'Mr. Whippy,' as his nickname goes, will earn ten million euros gross per year, according to AS, which means quite a salary increase. At Manchester City, the playmaker was getting about 8.5 million euros per year converted.
Gündogan will be one of Manchester City's most successful players in history. He won a total of five league titles, two FA Cups and even the Champions League last season. Gündogan reached 304 games, in which he accounted for 60 goals and 40 assists. His replacement at City is already in place in the person of Mateo Kovacic. The Croatian midfielder comes over from Chelsea for at least 29 million euros.
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