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Man City star reveals he can 'imagine' retiring at the club

Ilkay Gundogan won the Premier League's 'Player of the Month' in January 2021 and he recently discussed his future at Manchester City.

Ilkay Gundogan was instrumental in Manchester City's spectacular run of form in January, as Pep Guardiola's squad won each of their nine matches across all competitions. 

In a recent conversation released via Sky Sports, the Germany international was asked if he could see himself retiring at the Etihad Stadium. The 30-year-old responded by saying that he could 'imagine' seeing out his playing career with the club.

Gundogan insisted that he appreciates being a part of a 'family' and admires how Manchester City operates in all the other aspects of the sport. Talking about his unique experience with the Sky Blues, he said:

"I must honestly say that I can imagine that happening. 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."

Gundogan also discussed his current form in an interview with Sky Sport Germany. He has had a great run in the recent weeks, scoring nine goals in the Premier League so far. The German midfielder is dominating Manchester City's offence in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero. 

Gundogan believes that he has had such spells in the past, but that he is happy that the goals have made his current form stand out and is working hard to maintain this form. Gundogan was quoted as saying:

“I think I’ve had periods in my career in the past that have been similarly good in terms of the way I’ve played football. The food is, of course, the goals, the numbers are just better, so maybe it stands out even more."

"But it’s also because I’m just playing a more attacking role at the moment that maybe I’m a bit more free in terms of getting to the goal. It’s also the hard work I’m doing. I mean, I’m trying to be as good as I can in training and trying to look after myself in my personal life", he added. 

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Despite his goal-scoring form, Gundogan admitted that he has no problem reverting to his original positional and play defensively when the team requires him to do so.  

He noted, “Of course it’s better to play in the offensive role, it’s nicer to get into goal-threatening spaces. Nonetheless, if I play a bit more defensively, I’ve been able to take on even more responsibility when I’m on the ball as far as the play is concerned that’s also a way of playing football that I enjoy. I just think the flexibility in my game is good for us as a team and if I’m needed as a sixth player again, of course, I’ll be there." (h/t Sport Witness)

Manchester City are currently at the top of the Premier League table with a five-point lead and a game in hand. They are now preparing to face Jose Mourinho's Tottenham. The last meeting between the two teams ended with the London club picking up a 2-0 victory. 

Incidentally, that was the last match that Pep Guardiola's men lost this season. Following that, Manchester City have won 15 consecutive games across all competitions and set a new record in the English top-flight in the process. 

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