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Pep Guardiola gives update on Ilkay Gundogan’s contract situation after FA Cup triumph

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla

June 4 2023
Pep Guardiola gives update on Ilkay Gundogan

Pep Guardiola is keen on keeping Ilkay Gundogan

When questioned about Ilkay Gundogan’s contract situation, Pep Guardiola delivered a cryptic response as the former Borussia Dortmund forward helped Manchester City win the FA Cup.

Ilkay Gundogan struck twice to help Manchester City defeat Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley, keeping them on track for the Treble.

City now has the chance to repeat United’s 1999 accomplishment in the Champions League final against Inter Milan in Istanbul, after winning the Premier League title.

With the fastest goal ever scored in an FA Cup final—a magnificent volley after only 12 seconds—City captain Gundogan ensured his place in the record and outdid Louis Saha’s effort for Everton against Chelsea in 2009, which came after 25 seconds.

Six minutes after the half, Gundogan, as he frequently does, made the difference by volleying Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick beyond United custodian David de Gea to earn City the FA Cup for the eighth time.

Once the league and FA Cup have been won, the opportunity to win the Champions League versus Inter Milan will present itself.

If they are successful, they will be only the second English team to win the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in the same season.

United, who successfully stopped City’s bid 24 years ago, tried their best to block it, however, the league winners had too much strength and a player in Gundogan who thrives under pressure.

His two goals, especially that incredible early goal, highlighted what a significant figure he had grown into and guaranteed him a particular position in the history of City’s heyday.

Next up for City are games against Istanbul and Inter Milan, and given their present unrelenting, unstoppable form, it would come as more of a shock if they failed to capture the Treble rather than if they did.

After the game, the former Barcelona manager was asked about Gundogan’s contract situation and he said: “Will it get resolved? Hopefully… I wish”

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