The midfielder left Manchester City on a free transfer in the summer and joined the Spanish giants on a three-year deal after the Gunners failed in a bid to keep him in the Premier League.
Gündogan’s last game for the club was the Champions League final, which City won and secured the historic treble. The German says it was the perfect time to leave the club and fulfill a “childhood dream” of playing for Barcelona.
There were reports at the time that Gundogan was pushing for a longer contract, which City did not offer – while Barca and Arsenal did – but the player has denied those claims.
“I’ll be honest, and a lot of people don’t know this, in the end it wasn’t about a year or two,” he told Bild.
“There was no problem with the running time. City waited a relatively long time until the talks really intensified. If this had happened a little earlier, the situation would have been different.”
“So in the end it was the perfect ending, it couldn’t have come at a better time. It was also my childhood dream to play for FC Barcelona.”
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