Rio Ferdinand has spoken highly about Arsenal transfer target Ilkay Gundogan after he shone brightly once again for Manchester City.
The Manchester United legend described the 32-year-old as a ‘very calm’ player after his brace in the FA Cup final. And added that he has ‘heard’ he will be going to Barcelona when his Manchester City contract expires in June, as he told FIVE.
There is uncertainty surrounding the future of the German midfielder, as Barcelona under Xavi’s management also express interest in acquiring his services on a free transfer. Should Gundogan choose to depart from the Premier League champions. He could potentially do so as a treble winner, achieving success on multiple fronts.
Pep Guardiola’s team will greatly rely on their captain’s contribution to achieve success, as Ferdinand highlighted while discussing Ilkay Gundogan’s future and debunking any potential move to Arsenal. Ferdinand praised Gundogan’s immense impact, emphasizing his crucial role in decisive moments, be it through scoring goals. Delivering impressive performances, or controlling the pace and tempo of games, often in collaboration with Rodri.
Rio Ferdinand and his praises
“He embodies all the positive aspects of this team,” Rio Ferdinand expressed. “Gundogan exudes a remarkable composure under pressure. He never seems rattled and maintains an impeccable appearance on the pitch. It’s evident why he was chosen as captain, as he possesses a calm authority. Moreover, he displays versatility by being equally adept with both feet, making him comfortable and impactful in any position he plays. Personally, I have great admiration for him.”
Firstly, regarding Gundogan’s future, Rio Ferdinand mentioned, “I’ve been hearing it’s Barca. That move would come with significant wages, and there’s a chance he might join forces with Messi. With players like Busquets, Pique, and Alba potentially off the wage bill. Possibly earning around £200k-a-week, it remains an appealing destination.”
Similar to his Manchester City colleagues, Gundogan and his teammates have triumphed on the domestic front, claiming numerous titles, some even five times. However, the elusive trophy that still remains beyond their grasp is the prestigious European Cup. This tournament is where legends transform into icons and certain players ascend to become the greatest in history.
Moreover, if Gundogan continues to exhibit the same exceptional performances he has done in recent months. And plays a pivotal role in Manchester City’s conquest of the Champions League, he will be one of the greatest players ever to represent his club.
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