Error message

  • Notice: Undefined index: nid in views_handler_field_term_node_tid->pre_render() (line 98 of /var/www/html/docroot/sites/all/modules/views/modules/taxonomy/
  • Notice: Undefined index: nid in views_handler_field_term_node_tid->pre_render() (line 98 of /var/www/html/docroot/sites/all/modules/views/modules/taxonomy/


Barcelona sign İlkay Gündoğan on free transfer after Man City exit

Barcelona have signed İlkay Gündoğan on a free transfer after his departure from treble winners Manchester City with the German midfielder signing a two-year contract, the LaLiga club said on Monday.

The 32-year-old has a contract until June 2025 with an option for a further year, while the Spanish champions also said they had included a buyout clause of $435.72 million.

Gündoğan left City after captaining the English club to the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble last season, ending a successful seven-year stint in England where he won 14 trophies, including five league titles.

"For me it has been a total privilege and pleasure to be part of Manchester City for the last seven years," Gündoğan said in a statement. "Manchester has been my home and I have felt part of a very special family at City. I have been lucky to have experienced so many unforgettable moments in my time here and to have been captain for this extra special season has been the greatest experience of my career."

Gündoğan was Pep Guardiola's first recruit when he took over the reins at City in 2016 despite the German being sidelined with a knee injury when he was signed from Borussia Dortmund. He proved to be the man for the big occasion at City, especially over the last two seasons when he scored crucial goals that helped them seal several trophies. Gündoğan leaves City having made over 300 appearances, scoring 60 goals and grabbing 40 assists in all competitions.

City's director of football Txiki Begiristain said Gündoğan had been "an inspiration to everyone."

"İlkay has truly cemented his place in the history of Manchester City and we all wish him well in the next chapter of his career." he added.

His experience will be invaluable to Barça coach Xavi after long-serving midfielder Sergio Busquets left at the end of the season after 18 years with the Catalan outfit. Barcelona won the LaLiga title last season but failed to get out of the group stage in the Champions League and were knocked out in the Copa del Rey semifinals.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Videos you might like