Ilkay Gündogan y Xavi Hernández en un entrenamiento del Barça


Gündogan insists that he plays for Barça because of Xavi

Published:3/03/2024 - 10:00h

Updated:4/03/2024 - 08:36h

Of the reinforcements that arrived last summer, without a doubt, Ílkay Gündogan is the one who will most regret the departure of Xavi Hernández. The midfielder recently confirmed his admiration and respect for the Egarense, a key figure in his decision to play in LaLiga

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Ílkay Gündogan Has kept intact his admiration and respect by Xavi Hernández in spite of the crisis of results that carried to the egarense to decide leave to final of season. In a recent interview, the '22' culé left clear that, although the one of Terrassa was key in his decision to leave the Manchester City, understands his reasons to leave the team in July.

"Xavi is the reason by which came to Barcelona. It saddens me see it go because I think that is a big trainer with a strong personality. In the changing room respect his decision and have to give the best by him", explained the German. The one of Gelsenkirchen great 5 goals and 10 assistances in 38 parties in what it goes of the 2023/24, being the third maximum asitidor of LaLiga with 6 (the same that Raphinha).

The Barça does not have doubts on the future of Gündogan

After a beginning of season quite toneless, the mediocentro has showed a mejoría remarkable in the last weeks, mainly after doing official the exit of the technician egarense to final of season. With agreement until June of 2025, 'Gündo' will keep on being very important for the Barça the next season, more still if, finally, concretises the signing of a German trainer in summer.

"It was not easy to leave of the Manchester City, but there was not better moment to leave me, The Barcelona was my dream, always wanted to play in this club some day and this summer was my opportunity", had said Ílkay after his arrival to the club the past year. For the moment, the '22' does not have doubts on his future in the Barça and, further of the uncertainty on the future trainer of the team, the one of Gelsenkirchen has thrown of character and experience to face a very complex season.

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