Manchester City might be focusing on trying to win the Premier League title and the UEFA Champions League, but that does not seem to have stopped one player from discussing his future.
Ilkay Gundogan has been an extremely useful squad player for Pep Guardiola’s team since he arrived in Manchester, and it seems that he is very happy to remain at the Etihad Stadium.
Indeed, he is so happy that he has already declared that he would like to end his career with the current Premier League outfit, although with his contract expiring in the summer of 2023, there have been no talks with the club as of yet.
Therefore, when questioned about what else could be in his future, those that like to bet on MLS football could find that they see Gundogen doing his work on the pitch for a club stateside in the near future.
Speaking to Sport1, he revealed that America was a very interesting proposition and one that he would consider due to the fact that he has been on vacation there a number of times, although the midfielder did also mention that he would have to seriously consider Turkey given his roots.
“Because of my roots, Turkey is naturally interesting,” the 31-year-old revealed to the media publication. “I also like the USA, I’ve been there on vacation several times.
“However, I’m not worried about that at the moment. I still have a contract in Manchester until 2023, I’m very happy there, both in sporting and private terms, and I can theoretically imagine ending my career at City.”
Naturally, there will be clubs across the U.S. and Turkey that would be very interested in signing Gundogan if he were to ever become available, although it does seem as though City would have to tell him he has no future with them at the Etihad for them to have any chance.
It is not a real surprise to learn that he is happy at the Premier League side and that he could theoretically end his career there, though.
As mentioned, he continues to be utilised by Guardiola, as he has made 38 appearances across all competitions this season, helping with an additional eight goals as they continue in the hunt for a Premier League and UEFA Champions League double.
If he has a glowing contribution in either of those competitions and helps the Sky Blues to win, then there is very little doubt that contract talks would not be planned, as the 31-year-old would perhaps be considered too valuable to let go.