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Ilkay Gundogan provides casts uncertainty over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City future

The German was speaking out on his own contract, but let plenty slip.


Manchester City midfielder has cast fresh uncertainty over the future of current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, admitting that the players don’t even know what he is planning to do when his current deal runs out this summer.

Guardiola has been in charge of the Cityzens since 2015, winning four of the last five Premier League titles as well as four Carabao Cups, but has been plagued by speculation across the past 12 months that he could step down when his current contract ends at the end of this season.

And Gundogan has claimed that no-one knows what he is going to do next.

“I’m relaxed. It’s not even clear what’s going to happen to our coach”, the German told Kicker.

On his own contract, the midfielder insisted he wasn’t worried, despite his current deal in Manchester running out in just 8 months at present. However, he ruled out any move to Liverpool, an idea that had been mooted, on account of their rivalry in recent years with the Cityzens.

Asked about it, he told Kicker “I think I can rule out that happening!”

“Everyone knows how much I like and appreciate Kloppo. But I’ve been at City for a few years now. And now as City captain to rival Liverpool? No, I can not imagine [it].”

The Manchester City midfielder added that, in his view, the summer remained a long time away, and as a result he was relaxed about his contract standoff at present.

“I don’t know if it has anything to do with age but I’m pretty relaxed about it. Even if it doesn’t sound like much anymore, the summer of 2023 still feels so far away. I’m not really worried about that at the moment.”

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Ben Browning

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