Ilkay Gundogan spoke about it in an interview with ‘Bild about his departure from Manchester City. According to the midfielder, the English side took too much time to intensify negotiations to extend his contract, which ultimately convinced him to join Barça.
“The city waited a relatively long time before the talks really intensified, he assured. “In the end, it turned out to be the perfect moment to end my stage there. There couldn’t have been a better moment. And also, playing for Barça was a dream I’ve had since I was little,” Gündogan commented.
As for the role of Xavi, who played a key role in his signing, the German really liked the character of the man from Egar. “We talked on the phone several times before signing, and I had a good feeling straight away. We are very similar in personality. We have some similar features in the game, and maybe that’s why he appreciates me. Xavi was a very intelligent player. He understood the value of the simple game,” he added.
One has to bear in mind that the main point of contention between Gundogan and Manchester City in the German’s extension was the length of the new contract. The English club felt the 32-year-old player was on the verge of depleting his ‘batteries’, which is why he chose to leave year after year. Ilkay, on the other hand, wanted to secure at least two years in Manchester, giving him the stability he was looking for; his son was born in March.
Barça guaranteed him two years and even an optional third year, depending on his participation. That is Xavi’s insistence and he lives in Barcelona There were three key factors in Ilkay’s decision to switch scenes.