‘If he doesn’t want to stay, he has to leave’: Pep Guardiola frustrated by lkay Gundogan as midfielder stalls over signing new Man City contract
- Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is out of contract at the end of next season
- Manager Pep Guardiola wants him to extend his stay at Manchester City
- But Gundogan, the 28-year-old Germany international, is holding off signing
- Captain Vincent Kompany says Raheem Sterling is one of the best in the world
lkay Gundogan’s Manchester City future is in doubt after manager Pep Guardiola revealed movement has stalled over the a new contract for the midfielder.
Gundogan has been at the Etihad Stadium since leaving Borussia Dortmund in 2016 and his current deal runs until the end of next season. He was Guardiola’s first signing.
Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is out of contract at Man City at the end of next season
‘We would like to do it, but it depends on the club and him, so I don’t know,’ Guardiola said. ‘Hopefully he can stay. I would prefer him to stay, but at the same time I want to feel he wants to stay, too.
‘If he doesn’t want to stay, he has to leave. But we would like to continue. I said before, if he wants to stay, we will talk to him and we can sign the contract.
‘We signed the contract with Kevin De Bruyne in a few days, and with other players — with Gabriel Jesus. But he [Gundogan] doesn’t want to right now, so we will wait. When he wants it, we will be here.’
Manager Pep Guardiola is frustrated that Gundogan has not signed new terms
Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany is convinced Raheem Sterling is now one of the best players in the world.
Sterling hit a 13-minute hat-trick on Saturday as Manchester City took another step towards defending their Premier League title with a 3-1 defeat of Watford at the Etihad Stadium.
There was an offside debate over his first goal and his second was a tap-in, but his third highlighted his skill as he weaved into the area, cut back and fired past Ben Foster.
City captain Kompany said: ‘It’s incredible because his first year at City was tough, and then from the moment Pep (Guardiola) came in he just kicked on and went from strength to strength.
‘For me, he is one of the best wingers in the world. He’s so important for us. To have the ability to unlock defences when they defend with so many bodies is the sign of a top, top, top player.’
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