Manchester City will open talks with German midfielder Ilkay Gündogan over a new contract after the World Cup, according to The Sun.
The 27-year-old has two years remaining on his present deal, but the Blues want to extend his stay as soon as possible, particularly amid reports that Barcelona have been considering a big money offer for him.
City want to avoid Gündogan having just a year left on his deal next summer with Pep Guardiola viewing him as an important member of his squad.
Gündogan is said to be enjoying life in Manchester and there are not expected to be any issues concerning a renewal, with the player likely to receive similar terms to the £100,000-a-week deal he is currently on.
And according to The Sun, signing a contract extension should be a ‘formality’ for Ilkay after the World Cup when City sit down with him for talks.
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