Ilkay Gundogan gets permission to close his contract in Man City and to leave the next summer free if an impasse about a new deal persists
- Man City has planned further discussions with midfielder in the coming weeks
- Ilkay Gundogan no longer has a contract next year and could leave in 2020 for nothing
- Premier League champions are convinced that he will entrust his future to the club
Ilkay Gundogan will stay in Manchester City next season – even if they fail to sign a new contract this summer.
City has planned further discussions with the central midfielder in the coming weeks as they strive to tie him to an extension.
Gundogan is contractless next year and could leave for nothing in 2020, although the Premier League champions are confident that he will entrust his future to the club.
Ilkay Gundogan will stay in Man City next season – even if they don't agree in the summer
Despite this uncertainty, City has decided not to cash in on the 28-year-old, who played a crucial role in the final stages of the campaign.
Pep Guardiola made sure that Gundogan signed for the first time three years ago at Etihad Stadium, which cost £ 20 million to Borussia Dortmund.
That expense is seen as a price-quality ratio considering the performance of the German international, regardless of whether he would eventually leave with a free transfer or not.
City has planned further discussions with the central midfielder in the coming weeks
Gundogan has recently played a role in the deeper midfield, especially in the absence of Fernandinho, who could be used more often as a defender next year.
City is still looking for Fernandinho's long-term replacement, with Rodri a target of Atletico Madrid.
Meanwhile, the creative midfielder David Silva stands for the final year of his contract, amid the left to Japan and Qatar.
Gundogan is without a contract next year and could leave the Etihad in 2020 for nothing
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