Ilkay Gundogan has namechecked two potential destinations after life at Manchester City, but he has also not ruled out finishing his career at The Etihad.
Gundogan, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund in June 2016 for £21m, has developed into a key performer for Pep Guardiola. He’s a midfielder that Guardiola relies on and he has made over 248 appearances for the club.
The 31-year-old has also picked up plenty of silverware at The Etihad and another title success this season would be Gundogan’s fourth.
The Gelsenkirchen native has also won the EFL Cup four time and the FA Cup.
Gundogan is under contract for one more season and he has suggested her could hang his boots up at the club. Whether or not Manchester City would be prepared to offer a 32-year-old Gundogan a new contract in June 2023 is unclear.
But naturally Gundogan, whose parents were from Turkey, has admitted to thinking about his options.
“Turkey is naturally interesting because of my roots,” he told Sport1, via Sport Witness.
“I also like the USA; I’ve been there several times on holiday. At the moment, however, I’m not thinking about it.
“I still have a contract in Manchester until 2023, I’m very happy there both athletically and privately, and I can theoretically imagine ending my career at City.”
Gundogan, who has made 23 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring six times has admitted to being nervous over the run-in.
City are top of the table with 80 points after a weekend when both City and Liverpool chalked up victories. And now with five games remaining Liverpool sit just a point behind with a better goal difference.
Gundogan on ‘nerve-wracking’ title race
And Gundogan is well aware of the pressure to follow.
“It is a very exciting and nerve-wracking race for us as well as for the fans,” he added.
“As Liverpool are incredibly strong and win every game, we are almost forced to stay focused and not allow ourselves to slip up.
“That keeps the tension high throughout. You play football for situations like that. It could well be that we have to win all the games until the end in order to become champions.
“We are a top team that is strong and versatile both individually and collectively. We have grown together again as a team, both athletically and personally, and approach every game with the highest level of concentration.
“If we continue to do that over the next few weeks, we’ll be able to take our lead to the finish line.”