Ilkay Gundogan delighted to have led Man City to the Premier League title with the midfielder ready to sign a new contract
Manchester City skipper Ilkay Gundogan has expressed his pride at leading the club to a third consecutive title.
The Citizens ended the Championship with three games remaining after Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
Gundogan spoke of his joy at seeing City win the Premier League title (/caption)
The German midfielder took over as club captain last summer (/caption)
Pep Guardiola’s side have trailed for most of the season but have benefited from the Gunners dropping points since early April.
And although Erling Haaland broke the Premier League goalscoring record for a single campaign, Gundogan was just as vital for City.
Removing the captain’s armband from Fernandinho last summer, the 32-year-old has bagged eight goals and five assists in 30 top-flight appearances.
In a statement released by City, Gundogan said: “To have helped the Club win a third consecutive Premier League title is something very special.
“The Premier League is without a doubt the most demanding and competitive league in the world, which tells you everything about success.
“This team is so talented and so special and to have captained this season has been a huge privilege.
“I would also like to thank Pep, all the behind-the-scenes staff and everyone who works at this football club.
“Every day they help provide us as players with everything we need to try to be successful.
Gundohan has been involved in 13 Premier League goals this season (/caption)
“There’s no way we could have won this title without all of their support.
“To have won this trophy three times in a row and five times in six years is incredible.
“This quality and consistency helps epitomize what Manchester City stands for and ensures the club will continue to strive for success in the future.
“It was a season I will never forget.”
In better news for City fans, it has been claimed that Gundogan now looks likely to stay at the Etihad, instead of joining Barcelona.
With his contract expiring in the summer, it has led to reports linking him with a move to the La Liga champions.
But The Times has now said he is set to commit his future to City after being offered a two-year deal, with an option for a further 12 months.