In-form midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has revealed that he sees himself retiring at Manchester City, amid his super goalscoring streak.
There’s been no doubting the Germany international’s quality since his move to the Etihad from Borussia Dortmund in 2016, yet he’s had to play second fiddle to the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva throughout his Man City career.
That’s all changed this season, however, the 30-year-old in the form of his life and currently the real driving force behind City’s remarkable winning run, which has left them well-placed to reclaim the Premier League title.
Following their victory over Tottenham, Pep Guardiola’ s side have now won 16 consecutive games in all competitions, including 11 straight wins in the league, with Gundogan the real star of the show in that time.
The versatile midfielder has now netted 11 league goals this season – including eight in his last seven – with his previous best tally the six goals he scored during the 2018/19 campaign.
While he’ll no doubt be focusing on helping the club win all they can this season, Gundogan has admitted he is also thinking long-term and hopes to retire at his current club.
“I must honestly say that I can imagine that happening,” he told Sky Sports Germany.
“The way they work here, not only athletically but also in all areas around it, is something I have never seen before in my career. I feel like the club is more than just the football itself and it’s just a nice feeling to be a part of this family.”
“I think that in my career I have had phases in the past where I was playing just as well. The way I played football. Of course, what is added this season are the goals. The numbers are much better, that’s why it stands out even more at the moment.
“But that’s also because I play a more attacking role. I have more freedom when it comes to attacking the opposing goal. But also the hard work I do. I try to do everything as well as possible and take the best possible care of myself.”