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From Spain: Ilkay Gündogan requests meeting with Man City bosses to discuss future

Germany midfielder Ilkay Gündogan is keen to pledge his long-term future at Manchester City and has requested to meet with Blues bosses to discuss a new and improved contract, Catalan newspaper SPORT claims.

The 27-year-old knows he has become an important player in Pep Guardiola’s squad and wants a salary increase to ensure his commitment to the Premier League champions over the next few years.

Although Guardiola plans to bring in at least one midfield reinforcement in the summer, Gündogan feels sure of his importance to the team and confidence from the coaching staff.

The former Borussia Dortmund player joined City in a £20.1million deal in 2016, and despite a serious injury setback has played an active role in this season’s successes, scoring 6 goals and assisting 3 for his teammates in the Premier League and Champions League.

And SPORT, who have quotes from a person they say is ‘close to the player’, say he wants a salary of around €100,000-a-week which they suggest the club will not find problematic.

The unnamed source told the Barcelona-based newspaper: “Ilkay loves living in the centre of Manchester and is really happy, on and off the pitch. And he knows that City is the place to be in the coming seasons, which is especially true with Pep, who appreciates what he brings to the team with his quality.”

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