Ilkay Gundogan uninterested in summer exit amid Turkey links

Ilkay Gundogan has no interest in leaving Barcelona in the summer transfer window, handing a blow to Galatasaray’s prospects.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Ilkay Gundogan has made his mind up about his Barcelona future. The 75-cap German international does not want to leave the Catalan club in the summer transfer window, thus handing a blow to Galatasaray’s prospects of securing his services.

Ilkay Gundogan and his journey so far

Ilkay Gundogan has been one of the best midfielders in the world for over a decade. A native of Gelsenkirchen, the 33-year-old spent his formative years with five clubs, graduating from the VfL Bochum youth division. However, he rose in prominence during his stint with Borussia Dortmund before his stock skyrocketed after joining Manchester City.

The German international, who has turned out 75 times for Die Mannschaft, was a world-class performer for Manchester City and also served the club as the captain before joining Barcelona in a Bosman move last summer. Gundogan enjoyed an exceptional debut season with Barcelona, contributing to 19 goals in 51 appearances across all competitions.

The former Manchester City captain found the back of the net five times while providing 14 assists in his 51 outings. However, amid Barcelona’s financial struggles, Gundogan’s future has been the subject of speculation, with Saudi Pro League outfits and Turkish clubs keen on signing him in the summer transfer window.

What does the future have in store for Ilkay?

Widespread reports have claimed that hardly any Barcelona player is indispensable amid the crippling financial mess. Ilkay Gundogan is a target for Galatasaray heading into the summer transfer window, with the club’s president recently revealing it was his dream to sign the Barcelona midfielder.

However, that dream will not become a reality after Ilkay Gundogan’s decision on his future. The 33-year-old does not want to leave Barcelona in the summer transfer window as he is happy at the club and wants to extend his spell in Catalonia.

So, Galatasaray must look elsewhere as the newly-crowned Turkish champions look to bolster their squad in the summer transfer window. As for Gundogan, he is focused on the upcoming UEFA Euro 2024 with Germany as the European heavyweights look to win silverware after a decade.

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