Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that the club is still actively pursuing a new contract for midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
Gundogan’s existing contract is set to expire at the end of the month, and there has been interest from Barcelona in acquiring him on a free transfer. However, Guardiola remains determined to retain the services of the 32-year-old, who currently serves as the captain of Manchester City.
Gundogan has showcased his immense value to the team, particularly in the FA Cup final victory on Saturday, where he scored two remarkable long-range goals. This impressive display brought his total goal tally for the season to 11, accompanied by seven assists across all competitions.
Following the match at Wembley, Guardiola made it clear that he is not willing to concede defeat in his efforts to secure Gundogan’s continued presence at the club. Manchester City is actively engaged in negotiations to extend Gundogan’s contract and is determined to retain his services for the upcoming seasons.
“He knows what I think,” Guardiola said. “Txiki [Begiristain, football director] is working on it. Hopefully, he can be successful.”
Gundogan also took the opportunity to speak out after the game, stressing his love for City but refusing to make any commitments.
“I feel very appreciated at the club,” Gundogan told beIN Sports. “I have never been at a football club for seven years.
“So, I think that shows how much I love this team, the manager and I love this club. We will see what’s going to happen.”
Guardiola has never hidden his desire to retain Gundogan, but talks over an extension with City have so far proven fruitless and Barcelona are determined to take advantage of the situation with a bargain move for one of the world’s most in-form midfielders.
The Spanish side must, however, wait for La Liga to approve their financial plan before pushing ahead with any moves.