Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has committed his long-term future to the club by signing a contract extension to the summer of 2023.
BBC Sports News correspondent David Ornstein tweeted in the early hours of Friday morning that the 28-year-old Germany international has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.
Ornstein added that Gundogan had only one year left on his previous deal at Manchester City before the club, who view him as a key player, offered him a new contract to secure his services for another four years.
And, Manchester City have now confirmed that the German has committed his future.
Gundogan joined Manchester City in 2016 and started brightly at the club, scoring five goals in 16 games at the Etihad until a knee ligament injury midway through the season ruled him out for nine months.
Upon returning from that long layoff, he has established himself as a regular presence in Pep Guardiola’s line-up, making 98 appearances in the past two seasons in which he has scored 12 goals (one per 8.17 games) and provided 15 assists (one per 6.53 games).
He recorded a passing success rate of 90.8% last season, the highest of Manchester City’s central and defensive midfield players. Fernandinho’s accuracy was 87.5% and Phil Foden had an 86.6% success rate. New signing Rodri recorded a slightly higher passing success rate than Gundogan in 2018/19 with 91.1% (via WhoScored).
The Germany midfielder made the most key passes of that quartet last season, his average of 1.4 per game bettered by only four players at the Etihad. Fernandinho averaged 0.8 key passes per match, with Foden averaging 0.6 and Rodri just 0.5.
Guardiola has spoken very highly of the 28-year-old, telling mancity.com that “Gundogan is so clever. He plays a lot of passes; his quality is incredible. He arrives at the right time at right moment; he is incredible.”
The midfielder was not at his best after coming on as a substitute in the Community Shield last weekend, misplacing three of his 19 passes to leave him with an uncharacteristically low success rate of 84.2%. However, he appeared at a time when Liverpool were dominant, with the Reds having eight shots to Manchester City’s one after Gundogan entered the fray.
Gundogan has proven to be very composed in possession for Manchester City and his manager has alluded to his intelligence as a box-to-box midfielder.
Manchester City’s midfield should be all the stronger with him being a part of it for the next four years until he is 32 and, with Fernandinho now 34 and Rodri only 23, Gundogan seems perfectly placed to fill the central midfield void that the Brazil man will leave while providing an experienced guiding hand for the younger Spaniard.
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