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Name Ilkay Gundogan
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
Desc A move from Nurnberg to BVB saw him called up for Germany, the ‘hardest decision of his life’

Affiliation

Org Germany National Team
Club as Player Manchester City
  Nurnberg

2016 11 12 Retrieve

[Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan gives his early impressions of his time at the club] I do believe the summer was the right time to risk something new and I can already say that Manchester City is the right club for me. You can see that you’ve arrived at a super club which has set out for great things and wants to develop great things in the upcoming years. That can’t even be compared to Bayern Munich, it’s a different story. It is clear here that you are striving for the supreme. The expectation is extremely high. Accordingly, the pressure and responsibility on individual players is profound. It’s something different to Dortmund

2017 09 23 Retrieve

[Ilkay Gundogan speaks about the arduous ten-month journey of recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee] The worst thing for me is seeing the other players. I see them on the training field, when they are in the locker room, when they go up to the meeting before training. I see how they work in the gym, and I am not able to do the same. You know that you are not able to be a full part of the group. That is the most difficult thing: to feel that you are useless, not worth as much as before, not worth as much as the others. To go to that point, and then do the same the next day, and the next day again, and again and again. That is bad for the brain. Rehab is always up and down for the mind and for the body. And there have been points where my mind has said: ‘O.K. I have to go now’

2018 03 24 Retrieve

[Ilkay Gundogan talks about manager Pep Guardiola’s influence at the club] I could not be much happier. Pep Guardiola tactically brings a gift that is second to none in the world. When we go to the pitch and see what [Guardiola’s tactics] trigger, then a light goes on

2018 03 31 Retrieve

[Ilkay Gundogan believes Brazil will challenge for the FIFA World Cup Trophy​ at Russia 2018] Brazil are definitely one of the favourites for the World Cup. The Brazilians are very emotional, and they hold football in such a high regard, it gives them such a zest for life and has an almost spiritual meaning for them

2018 05 15 Retrieve

[Ilkay Gundogan on His’s Erdogan photos criticism. They met on the sidelines of an event at a Turkish foundation that helps Turkish students] Are we supposed to be impolite to the president of our families’ homeland? Whatever justified criticism there might be, we decided on a gesture of politeness, out of respect for the office of president and for our Turkish roots. It was not our intention to make a political statement with this picture

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[Liverpool are now huge 2/5 favourites to win their first league title in 30 years, with Man City now 9/4 shots to make it three in a row] We have to accept it, but there is a long way to go. Last season in January we were quite far behind and were able to turn it around. But we are not independent any more - we have to see how our competitors do, especially Liverpool, and that makes the situation more uncomfortable. We have to keep trying to play well and amass as many points as possible. I don’t feel the title has already gone, and I don’t think the Liverpool players will feel like that, because we are all professionals. It’s an interesting competition and will be a great season for the spectators. We want to put pressure on ourselves and if we can reach our level in every game the results will come automatically

2019 11 16 Retrieve

[Ilkay Gundogan on Lionel Messi] He is the star player of my generation and the greatest footballer of all-time. I hope we get to watch him play for a few more years