Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has hinted that a move to the United States after he leaves the Etihad is a genuine possibility. His contract with the Citizens will expire in 2023 and he will be 33 by then.
According to the Germany international, he will consider his prospects by the time the deal expires and then decide on his next move.
In a chat with the DAZN meets Kicker podcast, Gundogan said:
“I don’t have a concrete plan, but I would trust myself to play in another league abroad.
“It also depends on my form then. When I am 32, 33 and I realise that I can’t keep my level or it is dropping, it will be a stop abroad where you might not play at the highest level and not keep up with Premier League.
“If I were to say I want to leave and continue playing at a high level, only Spain or Italy would be an option for me. Italy is on the up — it has become very tempting again and I hope the stadiums fill up again too.
“But if I were to say the sporting challenge might not be that high anymore, then things like the U.S. are definitely an alternative, also because of the life there and the other opportunities you have.”
Gundogan also made it clear that he would be happy to remain at the Etihad beyond the expiration of his contract.
“I don’t see any reason to say that I am still at a top level and want to leave Manchester City,” he said.
“We are playing football at an extremely high level and success is always possible here in every season.”