Ilkay Gundogan on Arsenal FC: Pep Guardiola has explained to Mikel Arteta why the Man City midfielder is the perfect signing
standard sport is aware that Mikel Arteta has made the midfielder a key transfer target this summer as his City contract expires.
City have not given up hope of extending Gundogan’s contract and Barcelona are also interested, which comes as no surprise given Guardiola’s recent lavish praise.
“Ilkay is such an important player,” Guardiola told reporters last month. “Humanity that leads with silence – and yet when he speaks, everyone listens.”
“He is a perfectly defined footballer. An attacking midfielder with a flair for goals and assists. He is so intelligent in the moment and always in the right position. He can also play as a defensive midfielder.”
“Ilkay is an exceptional player in every way.”
Guardiola continued: “He’s so intelligent, Gundo. So smart. So competitive. Under pressure… he handles it with ease. He’s one of the best players I’ve ever coached in my career. The total package. He’s top notch. Top notch.”
Gundogan is also popular with these teammates, especially the younger ones.
Rico Lewis recently said: “He’s such a calm, cool and collected player that it also makes your job easier.”
Manuel Akanji, who joined City last summer, added: “I think he’s the best player I’ve ever played possession with.”
“I really feel like he has eyes in the back of his mind. It just looks so effortless. He does a twist and it looks so easy. He could take it with his eyes closed.”
https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/gundogan-to-arsenal-fc-guardiola-arteta-man-city-b1082982.html Ilkay Gundogan on Arsenal FC: Pep Guardiola has explained to Mikel Arteta why the Man City midfielder is the perfect signing