English football club Manchester City announced the signing of German midfielder Ilkay Gündogan from Borussia Dortmund for four years. By mutual agreement, the clubs kept the terms of signing undisclosed.
Ilkay Gündogan came from Schalke 04’s youth system, and made his professional debut aged 15 with Vfl Bochum in 2008–09. Before joining Dortmund in 2011, he made 53 appearances for FC Nurnberg.
After completing the Manchester City move, Gündogan said, “I’m thrilled to have signed for Manchester City[…] When I learned of City’s interest my heart was set on coming here and things have moved very quickly.”
“We would like to thank Ilkay Gündogan for five extraordinary years in Dortmund. BVB would like to wish him a speedy recovery and all the best for his future endeavours in Manchester,” said Dortmund’s Sporting Director Michael Zorc.
Gündogan scored four goals in 36 appearances in his debut season for Dortmund when the club won the Bundesliga title as well as DFB-Pokal — the German Cup. Gündogan has played sixteen international matches and scored four goals.
Jurgen Klopp, his former Dortmund coach, described Gündoğan as an “intelligent and complete midfielder with numerous strengths”. Although he had a tough start at Dortmund where he admitted that “things hadn’t gone as well as I had thought”, his “willingness to learn” and “great attitude”, according to Klopp, have allowed him to play a pivotal role in his later career at the club. He was able to fit into Dortmund’s explosive playing style “by combining creativity and outstanding passing with the defensive attributes and tireless energy needed”.
Currently, he has a knee injury and will miss UEFA Euro 2016. Ilkay Gündogan officially joins Manchester City on July 1.
Ilkay Gündogan began his career at VfL Bochum, playing in its reserves, before joining FC Nürnberg in 2009. Two years later he was signed by Borussia Dortmund for around €4 million, winning the double of the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal in his first season there, and then helping them finish runners-up the UEFA Champions League, scoring in the final. After 157 professional matches and 15 games for Dortmund, he joined Manchester City for an estimated £20 million in 2016.
Gündoğan made his senior international debut for Germany in 2011, and was part of their squad which reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2012.