Barcelona midfielder Ilkay Gundogan’s agent has dismissed recent rumours suggesting discussions with Galatasaray over a potential transfer. The speculation emerged following the controversy surrounding the comments of Ilkay Gundogan after Barcelona’s defeat to Real Madrid and alleged dissatisfaction with the club’s efforts to help him settle in the city.
Ilkay Gundogan Agent on the situation
In a statement released by Gundogan’s agent and brother, Ilhan Gundogan clarified the situation, stating, “The news that has appeared in the press in recent days about Ilkay does not reflect the truth. I didn’t meet anyone from Galatasaray before the Bayern Munich game to talk about Ilkay. There was no development, meeting, or anything of the sort that came to us in this regard. I want to make this clear.”
Both Ilkay Gundogan and his agent emphasized the midfielder’s contentment at Barcelona, with Ilhan Gundogan expressing bewilderment at the origin of such rumours. He said, “Neither I nor Ilkay can understand how this news came about. Ilkay is very happy in Barcelona and is focused on what he wants to achieve there and his goals.”
Ilkay Gundogan recently reaffirmed his commitment to Barcelona, describing the move as a dream come true. He stated,
“For me, the value of Barcelona has always been high. Barcelona is completely different. It was my dream. I always wanted to play for Barcelona one day. This summer was my chance, and I wanted to make it happen.”
The German midfielder highlighted the role of manager Xavi in convincing him to join Barcelona, drawing parallels between Xavi and his former manager at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola. Gundogan expressed satisfaction with the compatibility between himself and Xavi, noting their shared football philosophy.
“I have a good relationship with Xavi. I came to Barcelona for him and spoke to him twice before coming on the phone. I think we have great compatibility. He also disclosed a recent conversation with Guardiola, emphasizing the bond between them, “Recently, I visited Pep Guardiola at his home in Barcelona, and we talked. He said that if I or my family needed anything in Barcelona, I could always contact him.”Ilkay Gundogan
The agent’s statement and Gundogan’s commitment to Barcelona underscore the importance of clear communication amidst transfer speculations, emphasizing the player’s dedication to his current club.