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Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has voiced his desire to become a coach once he retires, citing the influence of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel on his playing career and hoping to carry on what he has learned. from them to the coach.
Gundogan is enjoying an incredible moment of form at City, finding the net 11 times in his last 12 Premier League appearances to put the club firmly on the road to a third title in four years. But after turning 30 last year, he also has an eye on the future.
“Some time ago, I asked for information on how the procedure would work if one day I took the coaching license,” said the Germany international. Aim.
“In that sense, it is more than just a thought. But how I would like to orient myself then, my thoughts are not that far away yet.
“The fact is that with Pep, Klopp and Tuchel, I had practically the best coaches in club football so far. You learn a lot and think about how you can pass this knowledge on after your career. “
Of the three, Gundogan first worked with Klopp when he joined Borussia Dortmund from Nurnberg in 2011, winning the 2011/12 Bundesliga title and scoring in the 2013 Champions League final.
Tuchel replaced Klopp at Dortmund in 2015 and Gundogan played one season for him, with the club finishing second in the Bundesliga to rebound from a seventh place the previous year.
Gundogan made the switch to City in the summer of 2016 and was the first new signing of the Guardiola era, joining for around £ 20 million. His first season was devastated by an anterior cruciate ligament injury, while he was predominantly a substitute in the 2017/18 ‘Centuriones’ campaign.
Despite playing a key role in the 2018/19 title duel, Gundogan returned to a rotation role last season, although he has been inescapable in incredible form since November.