Ilkay Gundogan explains why he joined Barcelona amid other transfer links

Before making his official debut at Camp Nou on Monday, Barcelona midfielder Ilkay Gundogan stated he already has a “great connection” with coach Xavi

Just over two weeks after Gundogan and Manchester City won the Champions League, Barça said an agreement had been reached with him.

Following his international duty with Germany at the beginning of June, the 32-year-old has been on vacation. He arrived in Barcelona on Saturday night and is eager to begin his new chapter.

Gundogan considers himself a fan of the squad despite being a German native since he was captivated to the legendary Barcelona sides coached by Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola as a youth.

“I recall watching Rijkaard and Pep’s Barça when I was a young youngster. According to Mundo Deportivo, the former Borussia Dortmund player stated, “I am a Barça fan, I have always watched them closely every season, and I am very delighted and very proud to be part of this club.

In spite of the fact that the club’s off-field financial issue continues to be a larger concern, Gundogan joins a Barcelona team that won La Liga last season for the first time in four years under Xavi. The success of Barcelona last season was mostly attributed to Xavi, and it appears that Gundogan’s desire to join the team was influenced by the Camp Nou great as well.

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